‘INOVASI undertook a Learning Gap Study (LGS) in 2021 to understand the status of students’ learning and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early-grade students in Indonesia. The study intended to inform curricular, assessment, and pedagogical recalibration as students returned to school following lengthy school closures, and to identify priorities for teacher professional development in teaching at the right level so students could learn essential competencies they may have missed.’

As part of the study, a test of student literacy and numeracy levels was administered to Grade
1, 2, and 3 students. Teachers, principals, and parents of the sampled students were also
surveyed to provide contextual data on factors relevant to students’ experience of learning
during school closures and their association with the test performance. The LGS benchmarked
student assessment against national and global points of reference that enabled reporting of
gaps in learning achievements against expected curriculum or global standards. Background
factors, including those related to the student, family, school, and community, were also
analysed to determine possible effects on student learning.

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