Quality Education for All Children? What Works in Education in Developing Countries (Working Paper)

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Author/Publisher: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (Shari Krishnaratne, Howard White and Ella Carpenter), 2013
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In this working paper, Shari Krishnaratne, Howard White and Ella Carpenter analyse the evidence from 75 studies of a range of school interventions.

The paper shows that education interventions are not only getting more children into school and keeping them there but are also helping children to learn more. There is compelling evidence of the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers on school enrolment and attendance. Health interventions also had a significant, positive impact on school attendance. While the provision of new teachingmaterials had no impact on school attendance or language test scores, computer-assisted learning tools had significant, positive impacts on maths test scores. And providing better school buildings significantly improved maths, reading and writing test scores.

Quality education for all children? What works in education in developing countries is based on the 3ie-funded study by Anthony Petrosino and colleagues (2012) entitled Interventions in developing nations for improving primary and secondary enrolment of children, plus additional studies identified in a supplementary search. In the working paper, the authors present a new categorisation of supply-and demand-side interventions, drawing out lessons about the effectiveness of each intervention.


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