The Impact of School Quality, Socio-Economic Factors and Child Health on Students’ Academic Performance : Evidence from Sri Lankan Primary Schools Aturupane, Harsha Glewwe, Paul Wisniewski, Suzanne 2013-04-25T19:56:54Z 2013-04-25T19:56:54Z 2011-06-24
dc.description.abstract One of the eight Millennium Development Goals is that all children in developing countries should complete primary education. Much progress has been made toward this goal, but completing primary school does not ensure that students attain basic literacy and numeracy skills. Indeed, there is ample evidence that many children in developing countries are not learning these basic skills. This raises the question: What can schools and communities do to increase the learning that takes place in schools? Sri Lanka exemplifies these issues. It has achieved universal primary completion, but many Sri Lankan primary school students perform poorly on academic tests. This paper uses unusually rich data from Sri Lanka to investigate the determinants of academic performance, as measured by achievement tests, of Grade 4 students. At the child and household level, educated parents, better nutrition, high daily attendance, enrollment in private tutoring classes, exercise books, electric lighting, and children’s books at home all appear to increase learning, while hearing problems have a strong negative effect. Among school variables, principals’ and teachers’ years of experience, collaborating with other schools in a ‘school family,’ and meetings between parents and teachers all appear to have positive impacts on students’ scores. Estimates that exclude some of the variables available in the unusually rich data yield different results, which suggests that results based on less complete data are likely to suffer from omitted variable bias. A final section provides recommendations for education policies in Sri Lanka. en
dc.identifier.citation Education Economics
dc.identifier.issn 0964-5292
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis
dc.relation.ispartofseries Education Economics;21(1)
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject education
dc.subject health
dc.subject Millennium Development Goals
dc.subject primary education
dc.title The Impact of School Quality, Socio-Economic Factors and Child Health on Students’ Academic Performance : Evidence from Sri Lankan Primary Schools en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.type Article de journal fr
dc.type Artículo de revista es
dspace.entity.type Publication
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Journal Article
okr.doctype Publications & Research
okr.externalcontent External Content
okr.globalpractice Education
okr.journal.nbpages 2-37
okr.language.supported en
okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review Sri Lanka
okr.sector Education :: Primary education
okr.topic Education :: Primary Education
okr.volume 21(1)
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