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Can Targeted, Non-Cognitive Skills Programs Improve Achievement? Evidence from EPIS

  • Martins, Pedro S.


    (Queen Mary, University of London)

EPIS is an original and large private-sector program aimed at improving student achievement and eroding early school leaving at Portuguese state schools. The program first screens students to focus only on those more likely to perform poorly; and then conducts a number of small-group sessions aimed at improving the non-cognitive skills (e.g. study skills, motivation, self-esteem) of the selected students. Our quasi-experimental evidence of the effects of EPIS is drawn from rich longitudinal student data and the different timings in the roll-out of the program, both within and across schools. The results indicate that the program reduced grade retention by at least 10 percentage points and did so in a cost effective way.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5266.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5266
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