New Study Sheds Light on Primary School Literacy

The United States government and the Ministry of Education and Science will present the results of a joint Early Grade Reading Assessment, which recently measured student performance in literacy. This nationwide snapshot of reading skills among primary grade students in Kyrgyz and Russian language schools uncovers how reading outcomes have changed over time. The event will take place on November 20 at 13:00 at Damas Hotel, Bishkek.

The assessment was carried out under a project of the U.S. government agency, USAID, called “Time to Read.” During the presentation, the project’s researchers will outline how key factors influence student reading performance, such as the language spoken at home, socioeconomic status, and reading habits.

This Early Grade Reading Assessment is one of the largest studies of its kind. More than 5,000 students from grades 2 and 4 in 289 schools across the country contributed data for the research.

The USAID Time to Read Program, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, helps to integrate international best practices on teaching reading. The project reaches over 200,000 students in 900 schools across the country.