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Three Messages on School Meals for the Global Food Security Summit
November 20, 2023
As the Global Food Security Summit gets underway, we propose three messages for leading stakeholders to pay heed to.
Preschools: They’re Good! But They Could Be Better
October 25, 2023
A couple of years ago I joked that many development economics papers could be summarized by simply saying “schools: they’re good!”—or as an economist might put it, “the returns to education are positive.” Papers documenting the benefits of education have been at the core of development economics for...
Most Out-of-School Children Are in Rural Areas. Education Systems Must Serve Them Better.
October 12, 2023
The vast majority of out-of-school children around the world live in rural areas. For children who live in rural areas and who are enrolled in school, they are less likely to finish primary school or to transition to secondary school. They score worse on tests. Less educational attainment and lower ...
What Works to Improve Education in Low- And Middle-Income Countries? An Update on the State of Education Reviews
August 01, 2023
There’s a lot out there on how to improve educational outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. On the one hand, one may be tempted to lean into Finnish education scholar Pasi Sahlberg’s critique: “There are so many ‘facts’ now available about how to fix education, that anyone…can easily gravita...
What Effect Does Learning in a Home Language Have on Reading Skills?
June 20, 2023
Two field experiments in South Africa demonstrate that improving teaching of mother tongue literacy boosted both mother tongue and English reading skills, while improving teaching of English literacy negatively impacted mother tongue literacy for struggling students.
Teachers and the Global Learning Crisis: What I Know and What I Want To Know
March 07, 2023
While learners are at the heart of education, teachers are the main veins carrying blood to that heart. At the recent Comparative and International Education Society conference, I shared ten things—six I know and four I want to know—about supporting teachers to end the global learning crisis.
Numeracy at Scale: Introducing a New Study on Successful, Large-Scale Numeracy Interventions
November 30, 2022
In early 2021, our team undertook a worldwide search for compelling examples of where early-grade math outcomes had been improved at measurable scale. The selected programs constitute six of the most effective, large-scale numeracy-focused programs in LMICs, all of which have rigorous evidence of im...
Does Edtech Scale?
June 16, 2022
School closures during the COVID crisis led many to hope that edtech could help to keep children learning. But does it work at scale?
Girls’ Education and Women’s Equality: How to Get More out of the World’s Most Promising Investment
May 12, 2022
To hear talk of it, you might think educating girls is a silver bullet to solve all the world’s ills. A large and still growing collection of research demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of girls’ education. Recent research has nuanced some of those findings, but the fundamental result stands: Ed...
How to Get from Girls’ Education to Women’s Equality
May 12, 2022
Girls today are getting more education than ever before. But many girls are still being left behind. How can societies ensure they go the last mile when it comes to guaranteeing all girls have access to primary school, or the last hundred miles when it comes to quality education and access to second...