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Information Technology and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Ecuador


CODE: IDB-WP-223
AUTHOR(s): Carrillo, Paul , Onofa, Mercedes , Ponce, Juan
PUBLISHED: January 2011
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
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Abstract:

This paper studies the effects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the school environment on educational achievement. To quantify these effects, the impact is evaluated of a project run by the municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador, which provides computer-aided instruction in mathematics and language to students in primary schools. Using an experimental design, it is found that the program had a positive impact on mathematics test scores (about 0.30 of a standard deviation) and a negative but statistically insignificant effect on language test scores. The impact is heterogeneous and is much larger for those students at the top of the achievement distribution.

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