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Identifying Factors Driving School Dropout and Improving the Impact of Social Programs in El Salvador

Fellows: Dhany Tjiptarto, Ana Valdivia, Yago Baltasar del Valle-Inclan Redondo
Mentor: Mollie Pettit
Project Manager: Mirian Lima
Project Partner: Ministerio de Educación de El Salvador (MINED)

Over the past several years, the population of students attending school from kindergarten to 12th grade has decreased in El Salvador. The country’s Ministry of Education (MINED) would like to identify and quantify the factors affecting students who are likely to drop out. They want to use this information to influence policy making, and coordinate with other branches of government to improve the impact of social programs in those schools that are more vulnerable. DSaPP will receive data covering the entire country’s public schools, at an individual level, for teachers, students, schools, and demographics.