As usual Ludger Woessmann and Eric Hanushek (this time with Annika Bergbauer) have written an interesting, provocative, and relevant paper—this time on testing.
The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference 2018 in Mexico City kicked off with a series of fantastic pre-conference workshops which included a number of RISE researchers and affiliates making significant contributions.
A key part of the RISE agenda is to focus on getting to systems of basic education that are coherent around learning. All of the RISE country program research is focused on the system changes, not the evaluation of “pilots” or “field experiments” (one education minister recently complained, “All pilots fly, but at the end of the day we just have pilots and papers.”).
In 2015, as students in Bihar were taking their school leaving grade ten examinations, family members and friends scaled school walls to pass cheat sheets to the exam takers. Police at the examination venue had received bribes to look the other way.
What do we actually mean when we talk about accountability?
Between 2011 and 2013, I had the opportunity to spend some months of my early researcher career doing field work in India, more specifically in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. My own research is focused on organisational practices (i.e. management) and productivity, and in this particular set of projects, my co-authors and I were looking into the quality of school management practices across India. I had the opportunity to visit primary and secondary schools, both public and private.