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.