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Improving Reading Skills by Encouraging Children to Read in School: A Randomized Evaluation of the Sa Aklat Sisikat Reading Program in the Philippines

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  • Ama Baafra Abeberese
  • Todd J. Kumler
  • Leigh L. Linden

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We show that a short-term (31 day) reading program, designed to provide age-appropriate reading material, to train teachers in their use, and to support teachers’ initial efforts for about a month improves students’ reading skills by 0.13 standard deviations. The effect is still present three months after the program but diminishes to 0.06 standard deviations, probably due to a reduced emphasis on reading after the program. We find that the program also encourages students to read more on their own at home. We find no evidence that improved reading ability improves test scores on other subjects.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17185.

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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Publication status: published as Abeberese, Ama Baafra, Todd J. Kumler and Leig h L. Linden. Forthcoming. "Improving Reading Skills by Encouraging Children to Read in Schoo l: A Randomized Evaluation of the Sa Aklat Sisikat Reading Program in the Philippines," The Journal of Human Resources.
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