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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education include the goal that "all youth...achieve literacy and numeracy" (Target 4.6). Achieving some…

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In 2013, Tanzania introduced “Big Results Now in Education”, a low-stakes accountability program that published both nationwide and within-district school…

Indonesia Got Schooled: 15 Years of Rising Enrolment and Flat Learning Profiles
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Indonesia has instituted wide-ranging educational reforms over the past twenty years, but recent international assessments of student…

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School systems regularly use student assessments for accountability purposes. But, as highlighted by our conceptual model, different configurations of…

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Annika B. Bergbauer
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Eric A. Hanushek
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How to Improve Teaching Practice? Experimental Comparison of Centralized Training and In-classroom Coaching
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We experimentally compare two modes of in-service professional development for South African public primary school teachers. In both programs teachers…

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Brahm Fleisch
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Cas Prinsloo
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Stephen Taylor
Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools
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We test for financial constraints as a market failure in education in a low-income country by experimentally allocating unconditional cash grants to either…

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Selcuk Ozyurt
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Niharika Singh
 Contracting Out Schools at Scale: Evidence from Pakistan
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Can governments contract out the management of schools to private operators at scale? This paper estimates the effect of a school reform in Punjab, Pakistan…

The Politics of Transforming Education in Ecuador: Confrontation and Continuity, 2006-17
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Recent governments in Ecuador (2007-17) have achieved impressive improvements in education quantity and quality. Enrollments at all levels increased…

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Ben Ross Schneider
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Pablo Cevallos Estarellas
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The Politics of Learning: Directions for Future Research
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A theory of change to guide a practical and pragmatic approach to the acceleration in the pace of learning in basic education in the developing world, such…

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education represent a major departure from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - at least if educational…

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Martin Gustafsson
Review of High Stakes Examination Instruments in Primary and Secondary School in Developing Countries
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The purpose of this investigation is to gain greater understanding of high-stakes examination instruments (i.e., tests used for progression or certification…

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Given its modest position as a lower-middle-income country, Vietnam stands out from the rest of the world with its remarkable performance on standardized…

The Misallocation of Pay and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Labor Market for Teachers
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This paper uses a unique dataset of both public and private sector primary school teachers and their students to present among the first estimates in a low…

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