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School Libraries and Language Skills in Indian Primary Schools: A Randomized Evaluation of the Akshara Library Program

By: Evan Borkum, Fang He, Leigh Linden

March 1, 2013

This paper explores the effects of school libraries on language skills, using findings from a randomized controlled trial of an Indian school library program.

Library|Reading|RCT

Region - South Asia

Region: India

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Literature Review

What are the Impacts and Cost-Effectiveness of Strategies to Improve Performance of Untrained and Under-Trained Teachers in the Classroom in Developing Countries?

By: David Orr, Jo Westbrook, John Pryor, Naureen Durrani, Judy Sebba, Christine Adu-Yeboah

February 1, 2013

This review explored how the impact of untrained and undertrained teachers in low and middle-income countries. By investigating how these teachers perform in the classroom, what interventions have been used to improve performance, and the school-wide implications of these interventions, the review concludes with a discussion of the cost-effectiveness and factors that that influence interventions in different contexts.

Untrained Teachers|Teacher Professional Development

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Region: Global

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Reports

Are Our Children Learning? Literacy and Numeracy across East Africa - 2013

By: Uwezo

January 1, 2013

The 2013 report plots learning trends over the last three years with disappointing findings: learner achievement in these basic tests have remained constant across East Africa with slight changes in numeracy in Tanzania. These findings are worrying.

Citizen-led assessment|Accountability|Literacy|Numeracy

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Peer-reviewed Articles

School Resources and Educational Outcomes in Developing Countries: A Review of the Literature from 1990 to 2010

By: Paul Glewwe, Eric Hanushek, Sarah Humpage, Renator Ravina

January 1, 2013

Developing countries spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on schools, educational materials and teachers, but relatively little is known about how effective these expenditures are at increasing students’ years of completed schooling and, more importantly, the skills that they learn whi

Teachers|School Resources|Educational Improvement

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Scaling Up/Scalability

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Scaling-up What Works: Experimental Evidence on External Validity in Kenyan Education

By: Tessa Bold, Mwangi Kimenyi, Germano Mwabu, Alice Ng'ang'a, Justin Sandefur

January 1, 2013

The recent wave of randomized trials in development economics has provoked criticisms regarding external validity. We investigate two concerns: heterogeneity across beneficiaries and implementers in a randomized trial of contract teachers in Kenyan schools.

Scaling up|NGO

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya

Topics

  • Teachers and Teaching

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Visual and Linguistic Factors in Literacy Acquisition: Instructional Implications for Beginning Readings in Low-Income Countries

By: Chiara Valeria Marinelli, Marialuisa Martelli, Prachayani Praphamontripong, Pierluigi Zoccolotti, Helen Abadzi

January 1, 2013

Improving the quality of literacy teaching may require intervening at different levels, for example, encouraging school attendance and optimizing textbook format and teaching methods.

Teaching

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Language of Instruction
  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support
  • Emergent Literacy

Publication Type

  • Reports

Life-wide Learning: Supporting All Children to Enjoy Quality Education

By: Elliott Friedlander, Amy Jo Dowd, Ivelina Borisova, Jarrett Guajardo

October 1, 2012

Through its evidence-based programming, Save the Children has identified five elements of disparity: gender, language, socioeconomic status, home literacy environment, and experiences in early childhood programmes. This paper explores how evaluation data allowed not only the exploration of impact across commonly discussed equity categories of gender and language, but also how across the further essential categories of home literacy environment and participation in ECD programmes.

education quality|Post-2015|Gender|Socioeconomic status|Home Literacy|Assessment

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Policy Issues

Publication Type

  • Reports

Are Our Children Learning? Literacy and Numeracy across East Africa - 2012

By: Uewzo

August 1, 2012

This report compiles, compares and presents the headline findings of the 2011 Uwezo national assessments in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (mainland). These assessments constitute by far the largest such exercise of its kind in Africa.

Citizen-led assessment|Accountability|Literacy|Numeracy

Region - East South Africa

Region: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Topics

  • Testing and Assessment

Publication Type

  • Working Papers

Developing Cross-Language Metrics for Reading Fluency Measurement: Some Issues and Options

By: Helen Abadzi

July 10, 2012

Since 2005, over 70 oral reading fluency tests have been given in many languages and scripts, either as part of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) or as individual one-minute tests.

Assessment|Language of instruction|EGRA|Reading

Region - Global

Region: Global

Topics

  • Parent & Community Involvement/Support

Publication Type

  • Reports
Region - West Africa

Region: Ghana

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