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Education

Mind the Gap: Aligning Immigrant Student's Aspirations to Abilities

Offering tutoring and career counseling to high-ability immigrant students closed the educational gap between native-born and immigrant boys in Italy.

parents attending school information meetings. Photo: Aude Guerrucci | J-PAL

Education

Considering All the Options: A Low-Cost Way to Reduce School Dropout

Parent meetings with school principals that provided guidance on selecting academic tracks helped reduce grade repetition and high school dropout among low-achieving students in France.

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Education

Are all students ready for boarding?

Disadvantaged students who attended France’s first “boarding school of excellence” had large improvements in math scores after two years. Students initially experienced reductions in well-being, but adjusted to their new environment by the second year. 

College students

Education

Simplifying the Barriers Along the Bridge to College

While past approaches to helping students transition to college have focused on increasing financial aid, the college application process itself presents a barrier to college access. Relatively low-cost programs to simplify this process and support students through this transition can increase college enrollment and persistence.

Children do arithmetic in chalk on a stone floor in India

Education

Roll Call: Getting Children Into School

Student participation is sensitive to the perceived costs and benefits of education. Although the costs are immediate and easy to observe, school quality and the long-run benefits of education are more difficult to perceive. Children, not only their parents, are important to consider when designing programs aimed at improving school enrollment and attendance. Programs that improved overall school participation were at least as effective—if not more—for girls as they were for boys.

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Education

What Can We Learn from Charter School Lotteries in the United States?

The estimated impacts of charter schools have varied widely. In Massachusetts, students who won lotteries for charter schools located in urban areas often did substantially better than students who lost, while students who won lotteries for charter schools in nonurban areas fared, on average, about the same or somewhat worse compared to those who lost.

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Education, Health, Labor Markets, Crime, Violence, & Conflict

Early Childhood Engagement for Lifelong Learning

Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at home with parents can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life outcomes.
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