In this interview, Debanjan Chakrabati speaks to Rukmini Banerji. She talks about How effective ASER has been in influencing the policy discourse and capturing the public imagination around questions of quality learning outcomes in India. She discusses the suggestion that ASER measurement tools are sometimes criticized for being too simple and explores the reasons for this simplicity. She talks about the role parents play in a potentially overambitious curriculum and also how teachers can get the best out of ASER surveys.

What is your experience of working with overambitious curricula in your context. What are the challenges you face?nference, Rukmini looks at the challenges and opportunities for enhancing quality in teacher education. Her talk focuses broadly on language acquisition and specifically on learning to read in India. ASER, the largest household based survey in the world, completed 10 years in 2015. By focusing attention on literacy and numeracy learning outcomes of primary school-going children in rural India, ASER has changed the nature of public and policy discourse in the country on quality of education.

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