A big challenge in analysing education systems is the limited data that's available on learning outcomes for many low and middle-income countries. Typical sources of international learning data such as PISA or TIMMS don't cover many lower-income countries, but even if they did, they have important limitations. They typically only cover one or a couple of grade levels making it difficult or impossible to trace out the trajectory of learning across multiple grades. They also usually only cover children who are in school leaving out those who have dropped out or never started.
EI - Dialogues in Conversation with Dr. Karthik Muralidharan, Head of Global Education Research at JPAL and member of the RISE India Country Research Team and RISE Intellectual Leadership Team
As part of the EI - Dialogues video podcast series, Pranav Kothari interviews Karthik Muralidharan, Head of Global Education Research at JPAL, RISE India Country Research Team member, and RISE Intellectual Leadership Team member. In this talk, Muralidharan breaks down what research for social impact is, the role of research to inform policy, and the role of independent evaluations and assessments in saving money, time, and effort.
Despite the appeal to improve school performance through strengthened accountability, there is concern that such efforts could distort behavior if the stakes are high: schools and teachers could teach to the test, neglect unrewarded activities, or simply cheat. As a result, a number of countries (e.g., Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Pakistan) have turned to low-stakes accountability such as publicizing information, or report cards, about school performance.
RISE Working Paper 19/027 - Can Public Rankings Improve School Performance? Evidence from a Nationwide Reform in Tanzania
RISE Working Paper 18/026 - Indonesia Got Schooled: 15 Years of Rising Enrolment and Flat Learning Profiles
EI - Dialogues in Conversation with Dr. Rukmini Banerji, Pratham CEO and RISE Intellectual Leadership Team Member
As part of the EI - Dialogues video podcast series, Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO at Pratham and RISE Intellectual Leadership Team member was in conversation with Pranav Kothari, Vice President of Large Scale Education Programs at Educational Initiatives.
Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD at the University of Chicago.
As usual Ludger Woessmann and Eric Hanushek (this time with Annika Bergbauer) have written an interesting, provocative, and relevant paper—this time on testing.