In the last international PISA assessment for math and science, Vietnam outperformed many developed countries, including the UK and the US. Yet Vietnam only has a small fraction of the GDP of these countries. No other low-income country performs at the same level or better than developed countries on an international assessment.
The Indian NGO Pratham pioneered the use of simple, face-to-face, out-of-school assessments of basic learning at a massive scale—their typical annual report covers more than 500,000 children. The ASER reports have tracked the levels and trends in learning (tragically, there has actually been learning retrogression) of children aged 5 to 14 in rural India since 2004.
“Quality learning for all” and its relation with equity in education systems
RISE Working Paper 18/019 - Worldwide Inequality and Poverty in Cognitive Results: Cross-sectional Evidence and Time-based Trends
This post originally appeared in the World Bank Research Digest Fall 2017 edition.
RISE Working Paper 17/018 - Review of High Stakes Examination Instruments in Primary and Secondary School in Developing Countries
A Rising Tide of Access: What Consequences for Inclusive Learning and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia?
This post was originally posted on UKFIET on 23 November 2017. Reposted with permission.
Much has been written about the difference in education outcomes between public and public-private partnership (PPP) schools. According to a review by Ark, so far there is insufficient or modest evidence linking PPPs—including contract schools, subsidies, and vouchers—with better learning outcomes (as distinct from evidence about public versus private [non-PPP] schools).
When Pratham used simple “report cards” to provide information about learning outcomes to villages in India, the intervention largely failed. There was no improvement in attendance of children or teachers, no improvement in learning outcomes; and parents, teachers, and village education committees did not become more engaged with the schools (Banerjee et al., 2010).