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The impact of the 1999 education reform in Poland (English)

Increasing the share of vocational secondary schooling has been a mainstay of development policy for decades, perhaps nowhere more so than in formerly socialist countries. The transition, however, led to significant restructuring of school systems, including a declining share of vocational students. Exposing more students to a general curriculum could improve academic abilities. This paper analyzes Poland’s significant improvement in international achievement tests and the restructuring of the education system that expanded general schooling to test the hypothesis that delayed vocational streaming improves outcomes. Using propensity score matching and differences-in-differences estimates, the authors show that delayed vocationalization had a positive and significant impact on student performance on the order of one standard deviation.

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  • Author

    Jakubowski,Maciej Jan, Patrinos,Harry Anthony, Porta Pallais,Emilio Ernesto, Wisniewski,Jerzy

  • Document Date

    2010/04/01

  • Document Type

    Policy Research Working Paper

  • Report Number

    WPS5263

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Poland,

  • Region

    Europe and Central Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    The impact of the 1999 education reform in Poland

  • Keywords

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Citation

Jakubowski,Maciej Jan Patrinos,Harry Anthony Porta Pallais,Emilio Ernesto Wisniewski,Jerzy

The impact of the 1999 education reform in Poland (English). Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5263 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/153761468095960833/The-impact-of-the-1999-education-reform-in-Poland