Improving secondary school learning outcomes through customized computer-based supplementary instruction: A randomized evaluation of Mindspark

A randomized evaluation of an innovative technology-led initiative to provide customized computer-based supplementary instruction

Abstract

Ever-larger proportions of children are progressing to secondary schooling in India. However, weak foundational academic skills in primary schools have made it very challenging to provide effective instruction in secondary schools. Classroom instruction typically follows the syllabus and textbook in lock-step, but the translation of class time into learning may be very low since many students are far behind grade level competencies.

This pilot project conducts a randomized evaluation of an innovative technology-led initiative to provide customized computer-based supplementary instruction to students in Grades 6-9, i.e. in middle and lower secondary school grades, in deprived slum areas of Delhi.

The evaluation provides rigorous evidence on a promising model for improving learning outcomes for secondary school students, that combines the strength of remedial education programs with ICT tools for a replicable and scalable model for delivering supplementary secondary school instruction.

This research was funded under the J-Pal Post-Primary Education Initiative

Citation

Muralidharany, K,. Singhz, A., Ganimian, A.J., Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India, October 2016, 84p

Improving secondary school learning outcomes through customized computer-based supplementary instruction: A randomized evaluation of Mindspark

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