TaRL in Karnataka
Karnataka is a state in the southern part of India. ‘Odu Karnataka’ (which means Read Karnataka in the local language), was initiated in the year 2016-17 by the government of Karnataka in partnership with Pratham Education Foundation as a learning improvement program to address the needs of children in grades 4 and 5 in government schools.
In 2016-17, Odu Karnataka was implemented as a pilot in all primary government schools in three districts of Karnataka with the aim of improving basic reading and math skills of more than 70,000 students.
Based on the experiences of 2016-17, the government decided to scale up Odu Karnataka to 13 districts in 2017-18. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the DSERT (Department of State Educational Research and Training) and Pratham for implementing the program for the next three years to ensure sustainability of learning gains and teaching-learning approach. In 2017-18, the Odu Karnataka program was implemented in over 17,000 schools reaching more than 470,000 children in 13 districts of Karnataka.
This case study highlights the processes and systems that were set up to continuously assess, review, learn and course-correct while implementing the program.