An assessment of students’ competency levels in grades 3-9 in Northern and Eastern provinces

This report documents the development, delivery, scoring and processing of a set of tests of Tamil and mathematics for placing displaced and returned learners in the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) in Sri Lanka. The ALP is intended to be a temporary school-based intervention to help students rapidly reach their age-appropriate learning competency thus promoting grade 1-9 retention. The design of the ALP will allow those students who have fallen behind in education to enter the programme at the appropriate designated competency level regardless of age. They will exit the programme once they have reached their age-appropriate learning competency and transition back to the corresponding grade level in the formal system. The design of the ALP ensures that older students will be able to sit for Ordinary level and Advanced level examinations with minimal disruption.

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