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The Impact of Computer-Assisted Instruction on Student Performance: Evidence from the Dual-Teacher Program | Findings from an evaluation study of the Dual-Teacher program, a computer-assisted instruction program, that makes lecture videos and other teaching resources from an elite urban middle school available through the internet to schools in poor and remote areas in China. The unique design of the study allows the estimate of the effect of the program on student performance but distinguishes the direct effect coming from students’ exposure to the lecture videos in class and the indirect effect due to improved instruction quality of the local teacher who uses the lecture videos in lesson preparation. Difference-in-differences is used to show that the Dual-Teacher program improves student performance in math by 0.98 standard deviations over the three-year middle school education, of which 0.34 standard deviations are attributable to the indirect effect. The positive impacts of the program are cumulative and robust to student and teacher characteristics as well as a plethora of other considerations. From a policy perspective, the findings suggest that the Dual-Teacher program is an effective and low cost means to improve education outcomes in underserved areas and hence help close cross-region gaps in education.

The contribution of short-cycle programs to student outcomes: Evidence from Colombia

Capturing the Educational and Economic Impacts of School Closures in Poland

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New webinar series on boys’ underachievement in MENA | The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has the largest gender gap in learning poverty, with 66 percent of boys are not able to read and understand a simple text by age 10 compared to 56 percent of girls. This new webinar series discusses the extent of underachievement of boys in the region, explores the key factors that contribute to the gap, and proposes ways in which MENA countries can improve learning among boys, contributing to overall improvements in education outcomes. The first webinar on boys’ underachievement is scheduled for Monday, February 27 at 8:00am EST via Webex.

Covid-19, School Closures, and Impacts on Education | Lecture | Economics Department, Universidad de Nuevo Leon | February 24, 2023 | 12:30 pm | Auditorio de la Facultad de Economía