The 2020 learning losses equal the gains made in the last 20 years
Over 100 million children will fall below the minimum proficiency level in reading due to the impact of school closures
Children lost 54 days of instruction, but in low- and lower-middle income countries, this rises to 77 and 73 days respectively, due to larger overlap of school closures with the academic year
Monitoring Impacts on Learning Outcomes (MILO)
The COVID-19: Monitoring the Impacts on Learning Outcomes (MILO) project aims to measure learning outcomes in 6 countries in Africa, in order to analyse the long-term impact of COVID-19 on learning and to evaluate the effectiveness of distance learning mechanisms utilised during school closures. In addition, this project will develop the capacity of countries to monitor learning after the crisis.
The four overarching goals of the project are to:
- Evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on learning outcomes and measure the learning loss by reporting against SDG indicator 4.1.1 b)
- Identify the impact of different distance learning mechanisms put in place to remediate the learning disruption generated by COVID-19
- Expand the UIS bank of items for primary education
- Generate a toolkit so that assessment results can be scaled to international benchmarks, reporting against SDG 4.1.1 b)
The focus of this study is on students at the end of primary school. The benchmark that will be used to indicate learning outcomes in this study is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 4.1.1(b):
Proportion of children and young learners … at the end of primary … achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex
This project will further provide a toolkit to participating countries that enables them to monitor learning outcomes against SDG indicator 4.1.1(b) after the crisis.