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ERIC Number: ED509326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Impact of the 1999 Education Reform in Poland. Policy Research Working Paper 5263
Jakubowski, Maciej; Patrinos, Harry Anthony; Porta, Emilio Ernesto; Wisniewski, Jerzy
Human Development Network Education
Increasing the share of vocational secondary schooling has been a mainstay of development policy for decades, perhaps nowhere more so than in formerly socialist countries. The transition, however, led to significant restructuring of school systems, including a declining share of vocational students. Exposing more students to a general curriculum could improve academic abilities. This paper analyzes Poland's significant improvement in international achievement tests and the restructuring of the education system that expanded general schooling to test the hypothesis that delayed vocational streaming improves outcomes. Using propensity score matching and differences-in-differences estimates, the authors show that delayed vocationalization had a positive and significant impact on student performance on the order of one standard deviation. (Contains 6 figures, 9 tables and 2 footnotes.)
Human Development Network Education Team. Available from: World Bank Group. 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433. Tel: 800-645-7247; Tel: 202-458-5454; Fax: 202-522-1500; e-mail: pic@worldbank.org; e-mail: books@worldbank.org; Web site: http://go.worldbank.org/46RX8ZK7U0
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Human Development Network
Identifiers - Location: Poland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment