The Effects of School Libraries on Language Skills: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in India
We conduct a randomized controlled trial of an Indian school library program. Overall, the program had no impact on students' scores on a language skills test administered after 16 months. The estimates are sufficiently precise to rule out effects larger than 0.053 and 0.037 standard deviations, based on the 95 and 90 percent confidence intervals. This finding is robust across individual competencies and subsets of the sample. The method of treatment, however, does seem to matter – physical libraries have no effect, while visiting librarians actually reduce test scores. We find no impact on test scores in other subjects or attendance rates.
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- Rouse, Cecilia Elena & Krueger, Alan B., 2004.
"Putting computerized instruction to the test: a randomized evaluation of a "scientifically based" reading program,"
Economics of Education Review,
Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 323-338, August.
- Cecilia E. Rouse & Alan B. Krueger, 2004. "Putting Computerized Instruction to the Test: A Randomized Evaluation of a "Scientifically-based" Reading Program," NBER Working Papers 10315, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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