Not Too Little, But Too Late: Improving Post-Primary Learning Outcomes in India

27 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2021

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Gaurav Chiplunkar

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Diva Dhar

University of Oxford

Radhika Nagesh

UNICEF

Date Written: September 28, 2021

Abstract

We evaluate an innovative remedial education program targeted at post-primary school students and aimed at improving their learning outcomes ahead of an important standardized national exam in India. While the program leads to over 0.5σ gains in basic reading and math scores, it fails to translate into better scores on the national exam. We show that this is not because the program crowds out students’ time and effort in studying grade-level material, but because these Grade 9 students lag far behind (i.e., have Grade 3 competencies). We conclude that in settings with severe learning deficiencies in advanced grades, such programs can improve basic learning, but may not be sufficient to overcome accumulated academic deficiencies at grade-level.

Keywords: Post-primary education, secondary school, blended learning, remedial education

JEL Classification: I21, I26, I28, J24

Suggested Citation

Chiplunkar, Gaurav and Dhar, Diva and Nagesh, Radhika, Not Too Little, But Too Late: Improving Post-Primary Learning Outcomes in India (September 28, 2021). Darden Business School Working Paper No. 3932347, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3932347 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3932347

Gaurav Chiplunkar (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Diva Dhar

University of Oxford ( email )

10 Merton St
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4JJ
United Kingdom

Radhika Nagesh

UNICEF ( email )

Port-au-Prince
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