LEARNigeria’s citizen-led approach of assessment is modelled after the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) pioneered in India in 2005. The citizen-led approach is an approach to development which is led by citizens themselves.
As with other citizen-led assessments, trained volunteers visit households in rural and urban locations to administer the survey and test children aged 5-15 years. The survey design ensures that the learning levels of all children are captured - those in school, those who have dropped out of school, those who have never been in school, those in government schools, those in private schools and those in non-formal schools. The best place to gather this information is at household level.
LEARNigeria assesses children on foundational literacy and numeracy skills that they are required to learn as part of the Nigerian curriculum. The highest level in the assessment corresponds to the learning outcomes benchmarks of grade/primary two (the second year of formal education) according to the Nigerian curriculum.