Primary school interventions to improve learning outcomes

Location: Andhra Pradesh, India

ClientThe World Bank Group

Sectors: Education

IDinsight service: Scale-up support

PartnersHyderabad District Government


Fourth grade students listen to a Telugu lesson in Hyderabad, A.P., India.

Student learning outcomes in India are dismal – more than half of 5th grade children are at least 3 grades behind where they should be for reading, and more than half cannot do 2-digit subtraction (see reports from the ASER Centre for more). In partnership with the Ministry of Education in Andhra Pradesh, the Azim Premji Foundation, and the World Bank Group, Karthik Muralidharan and Venkatesh Sundararaman conducted a series of primary education evaluations aimed at improving student learning outcomes. More information about the Andhra Pradesh Randomized Evaluation Studies (APRESt) is available here, and research papers are available here.

IDinsight service
The APRESt team engaged IDinsight to design implementation modules to build off of their research. IDinsight created modules to make it simple for districts to implement 1) Measurement of student learning outcomes, 2) Remedial education, 3) Contract teachers (Vidya Volunteers) and 4) Performance management of teachers and principals. The modules also highlight the conditions which should be critically examined to determine whether the APRESt findings would apply to a particular context.