Raising the Quality of Secondary Education in East Asia

39 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: September 2003


Nabeshima seeks to broaden our understanding of the determinants of student achievement among East Asian economies using the TIMSS-R data set and, in the process, to remedy some of the ambiguities in the literature to date. These ambiguities are frequently due to the sparseness of detailed data on students, teachers, and schools. The TIMSS-R data set offers detailed information on these variables, which is not typically available from other sources, allowing the author to isolate the impact of various factors affecting student achievement, while controlling for specific characteristics of the students, teachers, and schools surveyed. The results indicate that the most consistent factors affecting student performance are characteristics associated with students (innate abilities and home resources). Moreover, the author does not find any consistent relationship between the performance of students and school resources or teacher autonomy, both of which are often advocated in the discussion of education reform.

This paper - a product of the Development Research Group - was originally prepared as a background paper for Innovative East Asia: The Future of Growth.

Suggested Citation

Nabeshima, Kaoru, Raising the Quality of Secondary Education in East Asia (September 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3140. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=636560

Kaoru Nabeshima (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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