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Map of social assistance programs during COVID around the world

A Footballer’s Masterclass in Policy Influence

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to get the UK government to feed disadvantaged children during the school holidays is a masterclass in campaigning: a single, achievable policy issue, phenomenal use of his platform, backed with good data and an increasingly strong coalition of partners.

Four charts showing that more educated, higher income, and higher skill-level workers are more likely to be accessing distance learning for their kids. The relationship for region isn't as clear.

Three Lessons from a New Phone Survey in Pakistan

After six months of school closures, Pakistan began reopening its schools in a phased manner on September 15. Schools had been shut since March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand the impacts, CGD partnered with TCF in Pakistan and with CERP to survey households with students in TCF schools on how COVID-19 has affected their children’s education, their livelihoods, and health.

A “Rosetta Stone” for Comparing Test Scores Around the World (and Across the Global Income Distribution)

How much do educational outcomes around the world depend on where you were born? In a new CGD working paper, we propose a very simple strategy to overcome this problem and build a “Rosetta Stone” for test scores. We take a single sample of students and give them questions from each major exam around the world. By grading each child’s responses on the original test scales, we calculate scores on different exams for the same child on the same day.

Graph showing learning gain reported across different studies by standard deviation. Most are between .2 and .6 SDs

What Works in Edtech?

Edtech obviously has its limits as a replacement for school during pandemic-response closures. But for governments that do want to invest in edtech, where should they start? In this blog, we focus on the household-based interventions that could be most impactful during the current crisis

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Teacher Labor Markets

Even aside from their obvious, critical role in educating the next generation, there are a host of other reasons to care about teachers. In a new working paper, we look at why should you care about teacher labor markets, from the interaction between the wages offered and recruitment numbers targeted by employers to the decision by students and workers to seek to become teachers. Here are three reasons why.

A graph showing how many slides the teachers receiving virtual coaching accessed in their tablets, week by week

Virtual Teacher Coaching May Not Be the Solution We Hoped For

How can we help teachers to upgrade their pedagogical skills? Teacher coaching is a promising and increasingly popular candidate. Teacher coaching means teachers receive feedback in their place of work on specific things they can do better, not some general theory of pedagogy that’s completely disconnected from their day-to-day practice.

A map showing how countries around the world are handling the exam situation

Testing Times: The Exams “Debacle” in the UK and What COVID-19 Has Meant for High-stakes Exams Around the World

Thanks to COVID-19, national exams in England were replaced with a combination of school-allocated grades and a centralised algorithm leading to a set of results that were widely perceived as inequitable. What did other countries do, and was there any “good” option during this year of lengthy school closures? Using our COVID education tracker, we coded and mapped governments’ approaches to national exams in more than 100 countries where we could find reliable data.

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