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  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support
  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia

By: Menno Pradhan, Daniel Suryadarma, Amanda Beatty, Maisy Wong, Armida Alishjabana, Arya Gaduh, Rima Prama Artha

September 1, 2011

This study evaluates the effect of four randomized interventions aimed at strengthening school committees, and subsequently improving learning outcomes, in public primary schools in Indonesia.

community involvement|RCT|School Governance|Learning

Region - East Asia

Region: Indonesia

Topics

  • Testing and Assessment

Publication Type

  • Briefs

Assessing for Results: Early Grade Reading Assessments for Learning Improvement

By: RTI International

August 22, 2011

This two-page brief provides an overview of the purpose of reading assessment and how to develop a comprehensive assessment plan. The brief also contains a summary table outlining similarities and differences between various early grade reading assessment instruments, including EGRA, ASER, PIRLS, Pre-PIRLS, and SACMEQ.

EGRA|early grade reading

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Peer Effects, Teacher Incentives, and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya

By: Esther Dufle, Pascaline Dupas, Michael Kermer

August 1, 2011

To the extent that students benefit from high-achieving peers, tracking will help strong students and hurt weak ones. However, all students may benefit if tracking allows teachers to better tailor their instruction level.

Differentiation|Teachers

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Reports

Learning to Teach Reading and Mathematics and Influences on Practice: A Study of Teacher Education in Kenya

By: Grace Bunya, Joyce Wandia, Charles Magoma, Charity Limboro, Kwame Akyeampong

July 1, 2011

Since 1990 and more especially since 2000, the goal of Education for All by 2015 has galvanized many countries in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) into confronting their historically low rates of enrolment. They have been remarkably successful in attracting many more children into schools (UNESCO 2008).

Teacher education|Education for All|Literacy|Numeracy

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya

Topics

  • Emergent Literacy

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Trajectories of the Home Learning Environment Across the First 5 Years: Associations with Children's Vocabulary and Literacy Skills at Prekindergarten

By: Eileen Rodriquez, Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

June 16, 2011

Children’s home learning environments were examined in a low-income sample of 1,852 children and families when children were 15, 25, 37, and 63 months.

Literacy|Home Environment|Vocabulary

Region - North America

Region: United States

Topics

  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support

Publication Type

  • Policy Papers

What Helps Children to Learn? Evaluation of Pratham's Read India in Bihar and Uttarakhand

By:

June 1, 2011

India has made great strides in universalizing access to elementary education. However, one of India’s most important developmental challenges now is how to raise the quality of basic educational outcomes.

Instructional Model|Differentiation|community involvement|Pratham

Region - South Asia

Region: India

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Text and Materials
  • Instructional Time

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Improving Reading Skills by Encouraging Children to Read in School: A Randomized Evaluation of the Sa Aklat Sisikat Reading Program in the Philippines

By: Ama Baafra Abeberese, Todd Kumles, Leigh Linden

June 1, 2011

We show that a short-term (31 day) reading program, designed to provide age-appropriate reading material, to train teachers in their use, and to support teachers’ initial efforts for about a month improves students’ reading skills by 0.13 standard deviations.

Instructional Model|Books|Reading|Teacher Training

Region - East Asia

Region: Philippines

Topics

  • Testing and Assessment

Publication Type

  • Reports

Smaller, Quicker, Cheaper: Improving Learning Assessments for Developing Countries

By: Daniel Wagner

January 1, 2011

Educators, policy makers, and others abound the world are concerned about meeting the educational targets of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Education for All (EFA) with the approaching dealing of 2015.

Testing and Assessment|Scaling up/Scalability|Policy Issues|Learning|Reading

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Testing and Assessment

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

Capabilities for Learning to Read: An Investigation of Social and Economic Effects for Grade 6 Learners in Southern and East Africa

By: M. Smith, A. Barrett

January 1, 2011

This paper considers what multilevel modelling approaches to analyzing large scale cross-national surveys of education quality can tell us about the capabilities that support primary school children in learning to read.

Capabilities|Predictive Factors|Country Comparison|SACMEQ

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