Author: Kwame Akyeampong, Marcos Delprato, Ricardo Sabates, Zoe James, John Pryor, Jo Westbrook, Sarah Humphreys and Asmelash Haile Tsegay
Full Citation: Akyeampong K., Delprato, M., Sabates, R., James, Z., Pryor, J., Westbrook, J., Humphreys, S., & Tsegay A.H. (2018) Speed School Programme in Ethiopia: Tracking the Progress of Speed School Students: 2011-17. Research Report. Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK
Overview: The Speed School program provides opportunity for primary school-aged out-of-school children between the ages of 9 to 14 to be reintegrated into government schools after ten months of accelerated learning instruction. The program aims to improve individual learning by seeking not only faster learning but also deeper and more effective learning. The main focus of the longitudinal evaluation study was to track students who attended Speed School to measure the impacts of the program on primary school completion, learning outcomes, and attitudes towards learning. The research was guided by the following questions:
- What is the impact of the Speed School program on progression through the grades to completion of primary education of former Speed School students compared to students who had attended government schools?
- How do the attitudes to learning and further education for former Speed School students compare with students who had attended government schools?
- What is the impact of the Speed School program on the learning outcomes of former students compared to other students who had attended government schools?
- Which household and student-level factors are the most important correlates of differences in learning outcomes and progression over time?