This report summarizes the results of a small-scale evaluation EDC conducted in collaboration with Mali’s Ministry of National Education to examine the effectiveness of a balanced literacy approach. With this approach, teachers implement evidence-based techniques in language mechanics (phonics), reading comprehension, and writing. The evaluation explored differences in student performance across core reading domains, as well as factors contributing to success.

Key Findings

  • Overall, students in balanced literacy schools made impressive strides in only six months of instruction.
  • First graders in the intervention schools outperformed second-grade comparison students and showed dramatic gains in reading and writing skills. These gains were strong in all schools, irrespective of the language of instruction.

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Authors
Education Development Center, Inc.
Date
2015
Length
12 pages