The World Bank Group’s support to India’s development in the Education sector. Some results are highlighted below:

Between 2000-01 and 2017-18 elementary school enrolment soared by more than 33 million, rising from 156.6 million in 2000-01 to 189.9 million in 2017-18. Over two-thirds of India’s states have achieved universal primary enrollment. There is now a primary school within one kilometer of all habitations, and gender and social gaps have reduced.

Through support from the READ 2 TRUST FUND PROGRAM India implements project “Improving Assessment Systems in India and South Asia”.


  • Enhancing stakeholder capacity to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning

  • Setting up regional network for sharing of good practices and resources on assessment


Completed background questionnaire analysis of mathematics of round 1 of the Grade 10 National Achievement Survey (NAS) (2014-15) for schools, teachers, and students

Shared with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) the full report of learning assessment to ascertain the validity of learning outcomes data and indicators used for NAS, and the suggested improvements

Provided government officials with exposure to test items, testing patterns, analysis, and reporting standards of PISA through study visit to the OECD in Paris in October 2018


  • Carry out capacity building workshops for teachers on learning indicators and performance descriptors used for NAS and for PISA

  • Conduct a knowledge sharing workshop in Singapore bringing together representatives from India and Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia to provide an opportunity for specialists from India to learn from specialists of these countries on the impact of PISA policy actions and assessment systems