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King, Elizabeth; Patrinos, Harry; Rogers, Halsey – World Bank, 2015
The aim of the SABER-school finance initiative is to collect, analyze and disseminate comparable data about education finance systems across countries. SABER-school finance assesses education finance systems along six policy goals: (i) ensuring basic conditions for learning; (ii) monitoring learning conditions and outcomes; (iii) overseeing…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Data Collection, Surveys, Educational Environment
Balcázar, Carlos Felipe; Ñopo, Hugo – World Bank, 2015
Good teachers are essential for high-quality educational systems. However, little is known about teachers' skills formation during college. By combining two standardized tests for Colombian students, one taken at the end of senior year in high school and the other when students are near graduation from college, this paper documents the extent to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Seniors, Education Majors, Preservice Teachers
Bruns, Barbara; Luque, Javier – World Bank, 2015
While the importance of good teaching may be intuitively obvious, only over the past decade has education research begun to quantify the high economic stakes around teacher quality. In a world where the goals of national education systems are being transformed, from a focus on the transmission of facts and memorization to a focus on student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Competencies, Educational Quality, Educational Change
Tandon, Prateek; Fukao, Tsuyoshi – World Bank, 2015
This book diagnoses Cambodian teaching quality and presents policy options for reform. Through classroom observation, assessments of mathematics and pedagogical content knowledge, and surveys of teachers and school directors, it sheds light on content and instruction, interactions with school directors, instructional support systems, and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
Avitabile, Ciro; de Hoyos, Rafael – World Bank, 2015
A randomized control trial was conducted to study whether providing 10th grade students with information about the returns to upper secondary and tertiary education, and a source of financial aid for tertiary education, can contribute to improve student performance. The study finds that the intervention had no effects on the probability of taking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Grade 10, Randomized Controlled Trials
Avitabile, Ciro; Bobba, Matteo; Pariguana, Marco – World Bank, 2015
Parents and students from different socioeconomic backgrounds value differently school characteristics, but the reasons behind this preference heterogeneity are not well understood. In the context of the centralized school assignment system in Mexico City, this study analyzes how a large household income shock affects choices over high school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Track System (Education), High School Students, Family Income
Bollag, Burton, Ed. – World Bank, 2015
A sound education sector is fundamental for the economic, social, and political transformation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC has achieved significant progress in its education sector over the last decade, demonstrating strong resilience following a particularly violent period in its history. The DRC's development trajectory…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Public Support
McKenzie, David; Assaf, Nabila; Cusolito, Ana Paula – World Bank, 2015
This paper evaluates a youth internship program in the Republic of Yemen that provided firms with a 50 percent subsidy to hire recent graduates of universities and vocational schools. The first round of the program took place in 2014 and required both firms and youth to apply for the program. The paper examines the demand for such a program, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Youth Programs, Internship Programs, Randomized Controlled Trials
Rodriguez-Lesmes, Paul; Trujillo, Jose Daniel; Valderrama, Daniel – World Bank, 2015
This paper analyzes the relation between public, education-related infrastructure and the quality of education in schools. The analysis uses a case study of the establishment of two large, high-quality public libraries in low-income areas in Bogotá, Colombia. It assesses the impact of these libraries on the quality of education by comparing…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Role, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
Adelman, Melissa; Baron, Juan D.; Blimpo, Moussa; Evans, David K.; Simbou, Atabanam; Yarrow, Noah – World Bank, 2015
Despite improvements, the primary education system in Haiti remains highly inefficient: children start primary school 2 years late on average, and fewer than 60% will reach the last grade of the cycle. While the official age for beginning primary school is 6, the average child enters first grade for the first time at 7.8 years old, after having…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Grade Repetition, Poverty
Safir, Abla – World Bank, 2015
With the adoption of sweeping changes in the governance of university admission, namely the implementation of the university entrance exam (UEE) in July 2014, and with broader reforms supported by the World Bank. The UEE reform improves governance in only one step, if a key one, in the long process to access and complete higher education: this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Barriers, Access to Education, Higher Education
Lockheed, Marlaine E. – World Bank, 2015
The number of countries that regularly participate in international large-scale assessments has increased sharply over the past 15 years, with the share of countries participating in the Programme for International Student Assessment growing from one-fifth of countries in 2000 to over one-third of countries in 2015. What accounts for this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Achievement Tests, International Assessment
Kosha, Afifa; Oriya, Spozhmay; Nabi, Tahira; Halim, Sabera; Hofyani, Sohaila; Liwal, Abida; Safi, Najibullah; Sahak, Mohamad Nadir; Noormal, Bashir – World Bank, 2014
Female access to higher education in Afghanistan has been and continues to be limited. At the basic education level, the country has made great advances since 2000; it increased access from 900,000 students in 2000, almost all boys, to 6.7 million students in 2009, and girl's enrollment increased from 5,000 under the Taliban to 2.4 million in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Females, Resilience (Psychology)
Clarke, Marguerite – World Bank, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to help countries understand some of the "key principles and characteristics of an effective student assessment system". The focus is on assessment of student learning and achievement at the K-12 level. The paper extracts principles and guidelines from countries' experiences, professional testing standards,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
Bruns, Barbara; Filmer, Deon; Patrinos, Harry Anthony – World Bank Publications, 2011
This book is about the threats to education quality in the developing world that cannot be explained by lack of resources. It reviews the observed phenomenon of service delivery failures in public education: cases where programs and policies increase the inputs to education but do not produce effective services where it counts--in schools and…
Descriptors: Incentives, School Based Management, Educational Change, Public Education
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