New research paper: Young Lives Ethiopia School Survey 2012-13: Data Overview Report

19 Dec 2014

Date: 12 Jan 2015

Series: Young Lives Working Paper 134

Author: Elisabetta Aurino, Zoe James & Caine Rolleston

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This report provides an overview of the second Young Lives school survey in Ethiopia, conducted at the beginning and end of the 2012-13 academic year with nearly Young Lives Ethiopia School Survey 2012-13: Data Overview Report12,000 primary-school children studying in Grades 4 and 5.  The report is intended as a baseline descriptive report on the data.  The survey was designed to allow analysis of what shapes children's learning and progression over a school year.  

This second school survey extended beyond the 20 Young Lives study sites to include ten newly selected sites in the developing regions of Somali and Afar, where historically poor access to and participation in services, including education, is of particular concern to government, donors and NGOs.  In each of the total of 30 sites, all schools, both government-owned and non-government-owned, were included in the school survey sample, enabling a perspective on the growing phenomenon of private schooling in Ethiopia.

Pupils in Grade 4 and Grade 5 were assessed in the core curricular domains of maths and reading comprehension at both the beginning and end of the school year.  In addition, data were collected at the teacher, class, principal and school levels, for the purpose of analysing and determinants of learning progress during a single school year, i.e. providing a 'value-added analysis' (to be reported in the forthcoming publications).