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Improving school management in Guatemala with ‘rules of thumb’

  • Report
  • 9th Nov 2020

BIT completed a project with the Guatemalan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) to improve school management and student attainment in high schools in Guatemala.

We designed a light-touch intervention based on school management training interventions evaluated by Roland Fryer. We conducted one training session with principals which distilled the key elements of Fryer’s curriculum to a small number of ‘rules of thumb’ guidance, and provided principals with a poster with the rules of thumb, an implementation checklist, and a letter of support from the Minister of Education.

We found that the intervention increased the frequency and quality of school management practices by principals across a broad range of indicators. However, the intervention did not translate into an impact on student attainment in maths or reading.

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