Information Technology and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Ecuador

31 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011

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Paul E. Carrillo

George Washington University - Department of Economics

Mercedes Onofa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Juan Ponce

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) - Ecuador

Date Written: January 2011

Abstract

This paper studies the effects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the school environment on educational achievement. To quantify these effects, the impact is evaluated of a project run by the municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador, which provides computer-aided instruction in mathematics and language to students in primary schools. Using an experimental design, it is found that the program had a positive impact on mathematics test scores (about 0. 30 of a standard deviation) and a negative but statistically insignificant effect on language test scores. The impact is heterogeneous and is much larger for those students at the top of the achievement distribution.

Suggested Citation

Carrillo, Paul E. and Onofa, Mercedes and Ponce, Juan, Information Technology and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Ecuador (January 2011). IDB Working Paper No. 78, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1818756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1818756

Paul E. Carrillo (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Mercedes Onofa

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Juan Ponce

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) - Ecuador ( email )

La Pradera 7-174 y Diego de Almagro
Quito, Pichincha 000
Ecuador

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