The Role and Impact of Private Schools in Developing Countries: A Response to the DFID-Commissioned ‘Rigorous Literature Review’

96 min read Forward Bringing about transformation in the global consensus on an issue – broadly speaking, acting on two levels simultaneously – you have to change the facts on the ground, and you have to engage in the battle of ideas. James Tooley is a rare academic who operates on both levels and does so with courage…

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Extending Access to Low-Cost Private Schools through Vouchers: An Alternative Interpretation of a Two-Stage ‘School Choice’ Experiment in India

26 min read ABSTRACT Muralidharan and Sundararaman report a randomised controlled trial of a school voucher experiment in Andhra Pradesh, India. The headline findings are that there are no significant academic differences between voucher winners and losers in Telugu, mathematics, English, and science/social studies, although because the private schools appear to use time more efficiently, they are also…

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