Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia students learn at twice the rate

Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) is a radical innovation in measuring and scaling up effective new approaches to education. Bridge is one of eight partners in Liberia, and is managing 68 schools as the PSL programme enters into the second year of a three year pilot.

Two reports have been published to date, which both demonstrate significant learning gains for Bridge PSL public school students; notably that they are learning two times quicker than their peers in non-PSL public schools.

Read more below or click here to visit the Bridge PSL website.

Preliminary Results from Year One of a Three-Year Randomised Evaluation of Partnership Schools for Liberia

Key findings include:

  • Bridge PSL students learn twice as fast as their peers in traditional public schools, receiving the equivalent of a full year of additional schooling per year. Students at Bridge run PSL public schools learned significantly more than students at traditional public schools, nearly twice as much in reading and more than twice as much in maths. This is the equivalent of an additional year of schooling;
  • Across all PSL schools, teachers were 50% more likely to be in school (60% attendance at PSL schools versus 40% attendance at traditional schools); and,
  • When compared to traditional schools, parents of students in Bridge run PSL public schools are more satisfied with school and students are happier.

 

Compared to traditional public schools, the preliminary results from Year One of the PSL pilot revealed learning gains of 60% or more in PSL schools, and of over 100% in Bridge PSL schools.

Learning in Liberia: Mid-Year Gains in Literacy and Numeracy: A Pilot Study on Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL)

Key findings include, Bridge PSL students could:

  • Read 7 more words a minute and answer 6% more questions correctly about the story they just read;
  • In maths, they solved 2.6 more addition problems & 2.2 more subtraction problems in a minute;
  • 17% of Bridge PSL public school second graders met reading fluency benchmark for the first time, compared to only 4% of second graders at traditional public schools;
  • 15% of Bridge PSL public schools students met reading comprehension benchmarks for first time, compared to 4% of students at traditional public schools;
  • In reading, Bridge PSL public school students outperformed traditional public school students in reading by 0.77 standard deviations; and,
  • In maths Bridge PSL public school students outperformed traditional public school students by 0.18 standard deviations: that’s 50% more learning in 4 months.

 

Bridge PSL learning in Liberia bar graphMid-year gains by Bridge PSL pupils were significant when compared to traditional public schools, even after just four months of schooling.

Further reading:


Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia website: bridgepartnershipschools.com/

The transformation of education in Liberia by Marcus Wleh, Country Director, Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia (May 2017)

We need a wide range of providers to quickly overcome the huge shortage of schools in Africa by Marcus Wleh, Country Director, Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia (May 2017)

Learning in Liberia: Mid-year Gains in Literacy and Numeracy, A Pilot Study on Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia (July 2017: Executive Summary; Full Report)

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Let the Man Do His Job! It’s hard to be a government minister in a country where resources are scarce. Don’t make it worse (Kevin Starr: July 2017)

American Enterprise Institute: Charter schools in the developing world: A keynote address by Liberian Education Minister George K. Werner (July 2017)

Exciting learning gains evidenced by Bridge at Partnership Schools for Liberia (July 2017)

A brighter future for the children of Liberia by Marcus Wleh, Country Director, Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia (August 2017)

Bridge graduates 227 teachers as PSL hits south-east (August 2017)

UNICEF data on Liberian literacy rates.