Secondary School Survey Report 2016 - 17

Rhiannon Moore
Country report

Secondary School Survey Report

The Secondary School Survey report also known as country report provides an overview of the Young Lives secondary school effectiveness study conducted in India (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) in 2016-17 with around 9,000 children in Class 9. The survey was designed to allow analysis of what shapes children's learning and progression over a school year, and this paper gives a descriptive report of some of the main areas of data.

This secondary school study examined school effectiveness through three outcome measures: Class 9 students’ performance in maths; functional English; and transferable skills. Student performance in maths and functional English was assessed using repeated measures, with linked cognitive tests administered at the beginning and end of Class 9; this allowed students’ progress over the course of one year of secondary schooling to be considered in relation to their background, individual, class, teacher and school factors. This survey design has generated rich evidence about school and class effectiveness, and the drivers of learning within schools that children within the 20 Young Lives sites in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana could access.  

Key Findings

  • Students are making less progress in smaller schools.
  • There is a large gap between the learning outcomes of more and less disadvantaged children at the start of Class IX. This gap widens further over the course of the school year, with wealthier students making more progress than poorer students.
  • Data reveals that state government schools are only attended by the most disadvantaged children.
  • There is a wide range of student learning levels, with some children demonstrating advanced skills in maths and English. However, overall learning levels are too low for too many children.
  • 14% of students reported repeating one or more grades.