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The Right to Education Act: Trends in Enrollment, Test Scores, and School Quality

Manisha Shah, Bryce Millett Steinberg

NBER Working Paper No. 25608
Issued in February 2019
NBER Program(s):Program on Children, Development Economics Program, Economics of Education Program, Labor Studies Program

The Right to Education Act in 2009 guaranteed access to free primary education for all children in India ages 6-14. This paper investigates whether national trends in educational data changed around the time of this law using household surveys and administrative data. We document four trends: (1) School-going increases after the passage of RTE, (2) Test scores decline dramatically after 2010, (3) School infrastructure appears to be improving both before and after RTE, and (4) The number of students who have to repeat a grade falls precipitously after RTE is enacted, in line with the official provisions of the law.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25608

Published: Manisha Shah & Bryce Steinberg, 2019. "The Right to Education Act: Trends in Enrollment, Test Scores, and School Quality," AEA Papers and Proceedings, vol 109, pages 232-238. citation courtesy of

 
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