Empowering parents and ensuring they stay active in their children’s educational future can be a critical step to improving student learning in poorly-performing schools. But many poor families may not have the tools to understand how to better advocate on their children’s behalf. Policy makers are exploring ways to more effectively get parents involved in their community schools, while also empowering teachers to become more successful in the classroom.
Research area: Education
Evaluation Sample: 230 schools in Chiapas State
Timeline: 2014 - 2017
Intervention: Mobile pedagogical assistants, information, classroom support
Researchers: Ciro Avitabile, World Bank; David Evans, World Bank; Peter Holland, World Bank
In Mexico, where there is a large discrepancy in the quality of education between urban and rural schools, policy makers are looking for ways to decentralize decision making and encourage parents in indigenous communities to get more involved in their children’s schooling. As part of this effort, researchers are evaluating the effects of a program in Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico, that sends mobile pedagogical assistants to underperforming remote primary schools to give parents information about the schools and provide classroom support to teachers. The assistants, who are recent university graduates, review school performance, distribute education information throughout the community, and tutor struggling students. Researchers will evaluate the effects of the program on student learning.