Improving Education Infrastructure and Training in Georgia
- In the first phase of school rehabilitation (29 schools), students experienced large improvements compared to baseline in heating, lighting, sanitation, building quality, and access to science laboratories and recreation facilities.
- Students and teachers agreed that these improvements addressed barriers to using classroom time effectively for instruction.
- One month after the one-year training sequence concluded, teachers reported having improved confidence using student-centered teaching practices, and school directors reported that they had increased provision of instructional leadership. However, there was little evidence of immediate changes in teachers’ classroom instruction practices.
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. In this issue brief, Mathematica researchers highlight key findings from their evaluation of school rehabilitation and educator training initiatives that the Millennium Challenge Corporation funded under Improving General Education Quality Project.