ASER Evidence for Action
Summary: Founded in 2005 the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is the largest citizen-led household survey in India. With support from about 25,000 volunteers, ASER assesses over 700,000 children in almost 15,000 villages to provide reliable annual estimates of children’s enrollment and learning levels for each district and state in the country. --- Since 2005, the ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) survey has been conducted annually by the ASER Centre in all rural districts of India. This household-based survey strives to provide reliable annual estimates of children’s enrollment and basic learning levels at district, state, and national levels, as well as measure changes in these parameters over time. ASER engages citize...
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Description of Scale and Reach
ASER has experienced growth in terms of the number of villages, the number of schools, and the number of children it reaches. In 2005, the first year ASER was conducted, it covered a total of 9,521 villages. By 2012, the survey increased its reach to 16,166 villages. Similarly, the survey in 2005 included 9,252 schools while by 2009 it increased its coverage to 14,748 schools. In 2005, ASER surveyed 332,000 children, 758,000 students in 2006, and 596,000 in 2012. The survey is currently based on the census held in 2001. The number of districts is likely to increase when the 2011 census data becomes available.