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Education Links is a periodic summary of what we’re reading from RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education), CGD’s initiative on education reform in the developing world.

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Good news from Sierra Leone, where schools have finally reopened after 9 months of complete closure across the country due to Ebola. 

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Can you tell me how to get to (South African) Sesame Street? A look on Nic Spaull’s blog at the research and data-driven approach to designing the TV show in South Africa.  

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The neuroscience of how children learn to read: An update in The New Yorker

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Geek alert: The new edition of STATA has a module for implementing Item Response Theory (IRT) via Sam Jones.

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Can better school management improve learning? Moussa Blimpo, David Evans, and Nathalie Lahire report on a new experiment in Gambia — the project reduced student and teacher absenteeism, but had no impact student test scores (after 3-4 years).

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How did the “Teach For All” movement spread from the US to 33 other countries worldwide? A special issue of “Education Policy Analysis Archives” investigates. 

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New UK government funding call for research on raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts

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Call for papers on Education Systems — We’re having our first official RISE conference at CGD in Washington DC in June. More details here

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