Greetings again from Ghana! In addition to some recent photos taken in Sampa, we have a lot to share with you on the activities of the last few months. Most notably, the remedial education program’s 1st endline data collection took place from November to December 2011, during which about 80% of the program’s evaluation sample was reached. Two rounds of midline surveying have been completed, with a third round underway.
Initial results indicate that the in-school and after-school remedial classes given by the Teacher Community Assistants (TCAs) had an effect on overall math scores. Pupils gained the most in basic skills, such as simple addition of single and double digit numbers. In literacy, pupils made the most progress in basic reading skills—particularly identification of letters, with significant impacts both from TCA remedial classes (during and after school) and from teacher training. Overall, the after-school intervention had the greatest effects on both English and math, implying that students may benefit most from supplemental rather than pull-out classes.
The program’s implementation team is planning refresher training for the program teachers and community teaching assistants in April. An international education conference is also being planned in May 2012 where the results from the 1st endline of the project will be shared along other education projects in Africa.
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