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To improve your economy, first improve your education system. Several years ago, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a series of seminal research papers that clearly linked economic growth to education outcomes. This compelling data has swirled around policy-making conversations in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and every finance minister should be familiar with it.

Those studies conclude with a strong prediction : over a 20-year period, a country’s economic growth rate will increase by 5% for every 0.25 standard deviation (SD) improvement on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The path to higher PISA results begins with effective early childhood and primary instruction.

But large learning gains of the kind that could ultimately drive a country up the PISA scale are rare. A comprehensive peer-reviewed analysis of 234 studies of education interventions in LMICs found they had a median effect of 0.1 SDs. It labelled those of 0.4 SDs “really big” – as only 10% of them hit this mark; although many of those were small-scale studies.

That’s why a new study, Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya , into NewGlobe’s methodology , led by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor […]

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