New Delhi: The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) by education non-profit Pratham this year may show a mirror to Indian higher education, three years ahead of the country’s goal to participate in a much rigorous Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) .

Unlike in the last 10 years, ASER will unveil survey results of secondary school students rather than elementary school students on Tuesday. The learning outcome survey though is significantly smaller in size and may highlight how the learning gap in Indian elementary schools is building up at the secondary level too.

This may point out at how a whole generation of students is not learning despite a law in the country that makes education a fundamental right till age 14. It may also show how the legacy of learning deficit is being passed on to students in the 14-18 age-group as well.

“The 2017 ASER report (releasing today) also has made an attempt to look ‘beyond basics’ and explore a wider set of domains beyond foundational reading and arithmetic. As before, ASER 2017 too is a sample based household survey, with tasks that are simple to administer and easy to understand," Pratham said in an email.

This time ASER was confined to 28 districts in 24 states and the focus, unlike previous years, is not necessarily rural India. The household survey gauges students on activity in schools, ability to solve problems, exposure, awareness and aspirations.

The outcome will be key as India looks to participate in a PISA study in 2021 conducted by OCED. The last time it participated was in 2009 when the country was placed second from the bottom among 73 countries and regions, inviting sharp criticism from academics and experts on how Indian education is impacting the country’s competitiveness to become a global powerhouse.

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