Study on Chile’s Preferential School Subsidies

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A study (in Spanish) carried out by Gregory Elacqua and Ernesto Treviño of the Universidad Diego Portales, within the framework of PREAL’s Education Research Fund (FIE), seeks to analyze how the pressures generated by accountability affect policies and teacher practices in low performing schools in Chile.

Specifically, it evaluates the impact of the 2008 Preferential School Subsidies Law (SEP), which offers an additional subsidy to schools that serve the most vulnerable students. Participating schools must meet a series of minimum academic performance standards, and are sanctioned if they do not. In general, the study finds that the law has been effective in generating incentives for schools to seek strategies to improve their results as quickly as possible.

For more on the SEP, see our 2012 Policy Audit.