What Is eEGRA?

eEGRA in use in Mali

eEGRA proctors practice their new skills in Mali, using Lenovo Thinkpad netbooks to administer the test.

eEGRA is a free electronic tool that is easy to use and has the ability to help teachers and administrators evaluate the literacy level of their students instantly.

eEGRA was developed by EDC as an electronic version of USAID’s paper-based EGRA, which has been used worldwide in a variety of languages since 2006. This simple, easy-to-use assessment provides a detailed profile of children’s reading ability and allows educators to track literacy improvement over time. But the original paper-based assessment has an essential drawback: The turnaround time between assessment and results can take up to six months, limiting its usefulness for improving instruction at the classroom level.

The new and powerful eEGRA speeds the turnaround of results, empowers educators with important analytical tools, and is based on simple Microsoft Excel templates that can be installed on virtually any device.

eEGRA in the Philippines

eEGRA is used by the proctor, not by the subject. The student still uses a stimuli sheet to complete the reading tasks. The eEGRA screen, which displays how the test is being marked, is viewed only by the proctor.

eEGRA is a stand-alone computer application programmed using Microsoft Excel macros, resulting in several advantages:

  1. Excel is widely available, making the test accessible to a large majority of the world’s computers — including netbook computers, whose low purchase price, high portability, moderate screen size, and efficient power consumption make them an excellent choice for work in classrooms in developing countries.
  2. Excel is a well-known program; casual computer users can learn the interface quickly, while advanced computer users can customize its performance.

eEGRA is free, fast, efficient, accurate, and available to use free by clicking HERE.

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