Building an outcomes-focused delivery system is a particular challenge in India
For once, I am optimistic about elementary education in India. Not because we have witnessed improvements in learning levels. In fact, the opposite is true. The latest Annual Status of Education Report highlights the deepening crisis of poor learning levels. In 2008, just under 50% of standard III students could read a standard I text. In 2012, this dropped to nearly 30%. My optimism stems from the outcomes problem finally getting recognized by the government. The 12th Plan explicitly states that the overarching goal in elementary education is to improve learning outcomes.
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