An Impact Evaluation of Sri Lanka’s Policies to Promote the Academic Performance of Primary School Students through School Improvement and Report Card Programs

Gaye, Diaretou ; Ishii, Naoko ; Rutkowski, Michal ; Dar, Amit

In: Discussion Paper Series, Bd. 35 (2011). Washington, D.C., International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank 2011

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The Government of Sri Lanka's Education Sector Development Framework and Program (ESDFP) initiated a major development innovation for primary and secondary education for the period 2006-2010. Their strategy was organized around four key themes: improving equitable access to basic and secondary education; improving the quality of basic and secondary education; enhancing the economic efficiency and equity of resource allocation; and strengthening service delivery (Ministry of Education, 2007). Under each theme there were a number of key development initiatives. Among these, the program for school improvement, through which the government sought to introduce school-based management, constituted an important innovation. A smaller intervention, the school report card program, was also introduced to inform schools on their performance. The World Bank supported the ESDFP through a programmatic sector-wide operation, the Education Sector Development Project (ESDP), and a range of analytical activities of key initiatives. The Program for School Improvement (PSI) was a central element of the World Bank's support under the ESDP. The World Bank undertook an impact evaluation of the PSI, as part of its analytical assistance to this program. This report presents the findings of this assessment, and comprises five sections. First, there is a concise description of school-based management. Second, there is a discussion of the PSI and School Report Card Program (SRCP) in Sri Lanka. Third, the analytical framework and results of the impact evaluation are discussed. Fourth, the findings and results of the analysis are discussed. Fifth and finally, a set of recommendations are presented for the future of the PSI and the SRCP.

Document type: Book
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015
Number of Pages: 38
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Education
Controlled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Grundschule, Schulentwicklung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Grundschule, Qualität / Sri Lanka, Primary School, Quality
Subject (classification): Education and Research
Countries/Regions: Sri Lanka
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO