The lack of educational use and of new learning practices among teachers and students explain the absence of improvement in learning tests and the moderately positive results in the development of cognitive skills. The evaluation found a higher level of teachers´ satisfaction and moderately positive results in the development of students' analytical skills. On the other hand, lack of connectivity, the limited amount of available educational resources on the machines, and doubts concerning the possibility of using the computers at home, have detracted learning opportunities from students.
The Government of Peru and the Inter-American Development Bank have collaborated to develop an experimental evaluation of the "One Laptop per Child" program.
The evaluation of the program started in 2009. It used a sample of 318 rural multi-grade schools that were eligible to participate (had electricity, more than one teacher, and had not previously received laptops), among which 209 schools were randomly assigned computers. The control group was comprised of the remaining schools. A group with which the results of the tests would be compared and whose differences might be attributable to the impact of the program. The comparison between the treatment and control schools shows that student, teacher, and contextual characteristics were very similar. The only significant difference was school participation in the program.
This document presents the main findings of the evaluation and proposes some lessons and challenges that this type of intervention presents for the development of education in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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