final idb evaluation finds iape program is exceeding expectations
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has officially released the final, peer-reviewed evaluation on the IAPE program. This was the first ever intensive study conducted on in-service teacher trainings in Latin America. It is also the first in the world to show positive results.
In 2011, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) began a randomized control trial (RCT) evaluation of the IAPE Intensive English program. The independent evaluation sought to measure the effects of IAPE training on students’ and teachers’ English skills and teachers’ pedagogical practices. The study was conducted with the cooperation of the Mexican States of Puebla and Tlaxcala and involved 144 high school and middle school teachers and their students. RCTs are the most rigorous evaluation available and the authors found only three previous RCTs on the effects of in-service teacher training on student learning. All three previous studies were conducted in the United States and none found measurable results. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study of its kind ever conducted in Latin America and the first to show measurable results.
Here are some highlights from the findings, collected an average of 7.5 months (30 weeks) after teachers' participation in IAPE training:
Teacher Instruction is More Dynamic
- Compared to the control group, IAPE-trained teachers spent less class time having students work in their notebooks or books while seated at their desks and more time engaging them in dynamic activities. They spoke more English in class, used didactic materials more and textbooks less, and demonstrated more confidence, command of class and stage presence while teaching.
Students are More Engaged
- Students of IAPE teachers spent more class time listening and engaged in conversations in English, displayed more excitement for learning, and devoted more time to studying English outside of class.
Student Learning Outcomes are Stronger
- After an average of 7.5 months (30 weeks) of exposure, students of IAPE teachers had progressed 10 more weeks in reading, speaking, and listening skills than students of non-IAPE teachers.
Students are More Confident about the Future
- Students of IAPE teachers reported higher expectations of having a job at age 30 and attending university.