Baseline Report for the Georgia Improving General Education Quality Project’s School Rehabilitation Activity
- The treatment and control groups are equivalent on most of the evaluation’s baseline measures of school and stakeholder outcomes
- We found substantial evidence of problems with the infrastructure, furniture, equipment, air quality, and sanitation environment in schools targeted for improvement.
- A significant number of stakeholders believed that the quality of their school’s infrastructure harmed their teaching or student learning.
- There is substantial room for improvement in educational outcomes in treatment schools.
Many of the school buildings in the country of Georgia are inadequately maintained, dilapidated, and uncomfortable for students and teachers, particularly during the winter months. In addition, teachers and school directors in Georgia often lack access to professional development opportunities that encourage high quality instructional practices, instructional leadership, and school management. To address these issues, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the Improving General Education Quality (IGEQ) Project. The project included an Improved Learning Environment Infrastructure (ILEI) activity that focused on school rehabilitation and a Training Educators for Excellence (TEE) activity that supported professional development by training and mentoring teachers and school directors. In this baseline report, Mathematica researchers summarize findings regarding the baseline conditions in schools scheduled for rehabilitation and in a group of control schools that will not be rehabilitated during the Compact.