Every year since 2005, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has reported on children’s schooling status and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks. Since 2006, ASER has focused on the age group 5 to 16. In 2017, ASER focuses on an older age group, youth who are 14 to 18 years old and have moved just beyond the elementary school age. The 2017 ASER report looks ‘beyond basics’ and explores a wider set of domains beyond foundational reading and arithmetic. As before, the ASER 2017 too is a sample based household survey, with tasks that are simple to administer and easy to understand. Like in previous years, this ASER too has been conducted with the participation of local partner organizations. Since this is the first time that ASER is focusing on this age group, the assessment was carried out in one or two districts in each state. Four domains were considered – activity, ability, awareness and aspirations.
These findings are based on 26 rural districts across 24 states, 23,868 households and 28,323 youth aged 14-18 years.
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