Holistic Assessment for Learning (HAL) - Syria

Circle 2The Holistic Assessment for Learning is a tool for measuring early grade learners' literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional skills. The tool is based on the Syrian curriculum for grades two and three. The objective of the Holistic Assessment for Learning is to provide teachers with a rigorous formative assessment tool that they can use to monitor the progress of students in their early grade classrooms and improve the relevance of instruction to address the literacy, numeracy and social and emotional learning gaps that they identify.


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Evidence Snapshot

In general, we conclude that there is evidence that scores on the assessment meaningfully capture early grade Arabic literacy and numeracy skills; that scores of literacy and numeracy skills are internally consistent; and that data collectors can provide consistent scores about children’s literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills. There is limited evidence, however, on the validity of the social and emotional skills subtasks due to issues in the design and implementation of the pilot measure.
Syrian children (N=1,456) randomly sampled from formal and non-formal education sites in Syria

Measure Snapshot

For what?
Formative feedback
About what?
Academic Subject Matter Skills
Paper/Pencil format
By what method?
Survey, Performance-based assessment

Resource Info

Published by

NYU Global TIES for Children
Save the Children
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Learning Assessment
Levels of Learning - Primary Education
Literacy and Communication
Social and Emotional Learning

Geographic Focus



Formative feedback

Resource Category:

Social-emotional Skills, Academic Subject Matter Skills