Measuring and explaining management in schools: new approaches using public data

Autor(es): Leaver, Clare; Lemos, Renata; Scur, Daniela

Organisation(s): Oxford Policy Management (UK); University of Oxford (UK)

Date: 2019

Pages: 38, [33] p.

Serie: RISE Working Paper

Series Volume: 19/033


This paper introduces a new approach to measurement using existing public data, and applies it to build a management index covering 15,000 schools across 65 countries, and another index covering nearly all public schools in Brazil. Both indices show a strong, positive relationship between school management and student learning. The paper then develops a simple model that formalizes the intuition that strong management practices might be driving learning gains via incentive and selection effects among teachers, students and parents. The paper shows that the predictions of this model hold in public data for Latin America, and draws out implications for policy.

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