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Colección:
La Educación
Número: (132-133) I,II
Año: 1999
SUMMARY

This paper evaluates the educational effectiveness of the Colombian New School (Escuela Nueva) program. Typical program inputs include self-instructional textbooks, a library, multi-grade and group learning, flexible student promotion, and community involvement. The paper finds that New Schools, as expected, are better endowed with inputs like textbooks and place greater emphasis on active learning than traditional rural schools. Nevertheless, many New Schools have not implemented all the reforms. In an evaluation of their effects on achievement, New Schools are found to have positive and statistically significant effects on Spanish and mathematics achievement in third grade and Spanish in fifth grade. Findings replicate previous evaluations.