The Tanzania 21st Century Basic Education Project (TZ21) improved the education provided to children in 900 lower primary schools in the Mtwara region and the islands of Pemba and Unguja in Zanzibar. By enabling teachers to teach more effectively, the program boosted learning outcomes—especially in early grade reading.
Working with Creative Associates, STS was responsible for the design and implementation of the TZ21 baseline, midline, endline, and final review evaluation. The evaluations used a mixed methods approach, which included quantitative data—from students, teachers, head teachers, and school management committees—and qualitative data—from students, teachers, and parents—gathered from a sample of schools in Mtwara, Zanzibar, and Lindi. The baseline was group administered paper-pencil tests in science, math, English, and Kiswahili. The midline, endline, and final review used EGRAs plus SSME surveys. EGRAs were administered in Kiswahili.