Experimental Evidence on Alternative Policies to Increase Learning at Scale

47 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020 Last revised: 4 Aug 2021

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Annie Duflo

Innovations for Poverty Action

Jessica Kiessel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Adrienne Lucas

University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics

Date Written: June 2020

Abstract

We partnered with the Ghanaian government to evaluate four methods of increasing achievement in schools with low average but heterogeneous student achievement. All methods focused teaching at the learning level of the child—a remedial pull-out program with a teaching assistant, a remedial after school program with an assistant, an assistant teaching half the students, or teachers focusing on homogeneous groups of learners. Despite imperfect implementation, student learning increased across all four, more so for female students, and gains persisted after the program ended. Fidelity of implementation decreased over time for the assistants but increased for the teachers.

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Suggested Citation

Duflo, Annie and Kiessel, Jessica and Lucas, Adrienne, Experimental Evidence on Alternative Policies to Increase Learning at Scale (June 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w27298, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3621803

Annie Duflo (Contact Author)

Innovations for Poverty Action

Jessica Kiessel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Adrienne Lucas

University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics ( email )

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Newark, DE 19716
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