State management of education and educational performance in Zambia

  • This brief examines the relationship between management quality in the local public administration of schools and students’ educational performance in Zambia.
  • The researchers find that: Management practices vary widely across District Education Offices in Zambia; The quality of management at the district level is positively correlated with student test scores; Variation in average class size between schools within districts is negatively correlated with the quality of teacher allocation management, indicating that better allocation management at the district level may help address staffing inequalities across schools.
  • Further research is necessary to understand under which circumstances improvements in management quality at the district level can lead to better learning outcomes, and how large these effects can be.