New bilingual education tool for Micronesia

8:54 pm on 29 July 2015

A new bilingual literacy and numeracy tool has shown encouraging results after a year long trial in Micronesia.

Developed by the Asian Development Bank, the Early Grade Learning Assessment aims to provide real-time data on a student's progress.

The ADB's Pacific education specialist Chimi Thondon says the system uses regular one on one assessments to gauge student progress and areas of difficulty and was trialled in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

Ms Thondon says the system targets both the student's learning and the development of teachers.

"And the results have shown an average gain of between 24 and 32 percent across both literacy and numeracy. So we have been really encouraged by these positive results and what it shows us is that this is a very important useful tool to use in combination with teacher training."

Chimi Thondon says the focus now is getting EGLA into education systems in Micronesia.