"Moscow Miracle" Secret Revealed
There are several different approaches to understanding the reasons for the high educational results in Moscow. It is a wealthy region where high school funding has been superimposed on the high socioeconomic status of families. There is ample evidence that high-status students perform better. Another point of view: the administrative and educational reforms laid down in the "Moscow Education Standard" have worked.
Anastasia Kotlikova, Research Intern at the International Laboratory for Evaluation of Practice and Innovation in Education
The standard has been in effect since 2012, and in the same year, a large territory was added to the Russian capital - the so-called New Moscow. The authors of the project believe that this coincidence creates ideal conditions for the experiment. The "control group" in it will be schools of the Moscow region, and the "experimental group" - those thirty-odd schools that were in the same conditions near Moscow, but came under the jurisdiction of Moscow. The capital's educational reforms began there, while in fact, the socio-economic status of students remained the same.
Research like this is rare even abroad. Only certain aspects were studied. For example, how the unification of the suburbs of Paris influenced educational migration: children began to be sent en masse to central schools. And the suburbs of London gained access to the capital's "nursery" of personnel, the quality of teaching there has changed. We will also look for similar effects and test them.
Kseniya Adamovich, Junior Research Fellow at the International Laboratory for Evaluation of Practice and Innovation in Education