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Information Technology and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Ecuador

  • Paul Carrillo
  • Mercedes Onofa
  • Juan Ponce

This paper studies the effects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the school environment on educational achievement. To quantify these effects, the impact is evaluated of a project run by the municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador, which provides computer-aided instruction in mathematics and language to students in primary schools. Using an experimental design, it is found that the program had a positive impact on mathematics test scores (about 0.30 of a standard deviation) and a negative but statistically insignificant effect on language test scores. The impact is heterogeneous and is much larger for those students at the top of the achievement distribution.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4698.

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Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4698
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  1. Joshua D. Angrist & Victor Lavy, 2002. "The Effect of High School Matriculation Awards: Evidence from Randomized Trials," NBER Working Papers 9389, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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