Education Development Center, Inc.

Improving instruction and reading outcomes by enabling teachers to submit student reading test data immediately using mobile phones

Education Development Center, Inc.
A teacher reads alongside a young girl student.

Improving instruction and reading outcomes by enabling teachers to submit student reading test data immediately using mobile phones


Project Name

Improved Collection and Use of Student Reading Performance Data (BasaPilipinas)

Location Implemented

Philippines

Technology Used

Communications Technology, Data

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2011

Reading Skill Targeted

Reading Environment

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Diliman Network Solutions, Inc.

The Challenge

In the Philippines, the Department of Education still uses a paper and pencil data collection system that produces results 12-18 months after testing. This delay means data is received too late to provide ministry staff and teachers timely, relevant information about student performance and the quality of instruction.

The Big Idea

This project provided innovative and affordable mobile technology that enables teachers (85.7% percent of which are active mobile phone users) to submit on-the-spot student reading performance test data from their classrooms to a Department of Education-administered database via mobile phones using SMS technology.

Results

Initially, the project involved 900 teachers, school heads, and district supervisors from 50 public elementary schools in Mindanao. Based on its success, it expanded to EDC’s much larger USAID Philippines Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines!) project. In February 2014, more than 1,400 grade 3 teachers were trained on the system.

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Website

http://www.edc.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Waltham, MA

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