ERIC Number: ED498851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-31
Reference Count: 13
New Horizons for Primary Schools in Jamaica: Inputs, Outcomes and Impact. Revised
Lockheed, Marlaine; Harris, Abigail; Gammill, Paul; Barrow, Karima; Jayasundera, Tamara
Academy for Educational Development
The New Horizons for Primary Schools (NHP) was implemented in 72 government schools in Jamaica, from 1998-2005. The program provided support to schools on the basis of needs identified through the preparation of a School Development Plan (also called a School Improvement Plan). This independent evaluation report first compares the schools in the NHP with a statistically matched comparison group of government schools, with respect to (1) support received for literacy and numeracy; (2) learning outcomes as measured by national tests in grades 3, 4 and 6; and (3) impact of NHP on learning comes. Second, the report assesses the effects of various school factors on student learning outcomes. Third, the report assesses the utility of the existing national tests for monitoring change over time. Finally, the report makes recommendations for better measuring NHP outcomes and for better assessing the impact of the NHP on student learning. Appended are: (1) Propensity Score Matching; (2) Three Non-NHP Comparison Groups; and (3) Jamaica AED [Academy for Educational Development] School Survey, 2005. (Contains 7 footnotes, 1 box, 24 tables, and 9 figures.) [This report was presented to the Office of General Development, United States Agency for International Development, USAID/Jamaica by the Academy for Educational Development, Education Policy and Data Center.]
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Surveys, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Comparative Analysis, Matched Groups, Numeracy, Literacy, Intervention, Achievement Rating, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica