Tracking Student Progression in Haiti
Education is one of the most important growth areas for developing countries with limited resources. Along with an academic education, strong school models also help children learn to make responsible decisions and instill confidence to pursue their dreams. An educated youth population is essential for progress toward a stable future for both an individual and society as a whole.
L'Ecole de Choix in Haiti began to implement a choice-based model to educate children from Pre-K to 6th grade. To track progress the school uses testing to track the level and progress of their students. With this tracking there is a need to use the data they have collected to show the impact of the choice-based education model and the positive impact on their students.
After cleansing data collected by staff at L'Ecole de Choix a landscape was prepared to analysis student performance on EGRA, EGMA, and DIBELS across semesters and students. In addition, data on health, parental support and education levels prior to enrollment were also collective to provide a holistic view of the students. A series of graphics was pulled together to provide guidance to L'Ecole de Choix on how well their students are learning to understand the impact of the education model. A simple analysis on student promotions was also conducted by comparing promotion rates across grades and prior education levels.
Student examination scores showed the progress of the students. In the Fall of 2012 the majority of students scored similarly, and by the winter of 2013 student school ranges had increased while improving overall.
The promotion analysis indicated that for younger students in Pre-K through 1st grade all had similar promotion rates regardless of the number of years of prior education. However, once past 2nd grade, students with 3 or more years of previous education were promoted at higher rates than those with 2 or less prior years. This indicated the importance of prior education for older students to success.
To further understand the level of prior education students with an education deficit in previous schooling were put into two groups: students entering 2nd through 4th grade with 1-3 fewer years of schooling than than a student of the same age were classified as "somewhat underprepared" and students entering the same grades with 4 or more fewer years of schooling than expected were classified as "substantially unprepared". Of 19 somewhat underprepared students at Choix, 16 (84%) achieved grade level placement in two years. Of the 45 substantially underprepared students, 8 (17%) achieved grade level placement in two years.