Despite the appeal to improve school performance through strengthened accountability, there is concern that such efforts could distort behavior if the stakes are high: schools and teachers could teach to the test, neglect unrewarded activities, or simply cheat. As a result, a number of countries (e.g., Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Pakistan) have turned to low-stakes accountability such as publicizing information, or report cards, about school performance.
RISE Working Paper 19/027 - Can Public Rankings Improve School Performance? Evidence from a Nationwide Reform in Tanzania
Kitila Mkumbo, a key researcher on the Tanzania Country Research Team, gives an overview on what the policy implications might be once the team completes their research.
Jacobus Cilliers, a key researcher on the Tanzania Country Research Team, discusses what the team hopes to learn and how the findings might impact other countries.