|In April 2014, the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research conducted an assessment of PPES student performance compared to similar grade students in the Bulandshahar District (population 3.5 million) and Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) (population 204.2 million).
The principal findings were:
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- On 10th Grade (and 12th) U.P. State Board Exams, 100% of PPES students passed the exam compared to 85% for Bulandshahar and U.P.
- PPES student attendance for all grades averaged 82% compared to 62% for all girls in U.P.
- PPES drop-out rate was 15.4% compared to 47.3% for non-PPES students in the school’s area.
- In standardized reading and arithmetic exercises given to rural students, PPES students out-performed school averages in U.P. and all of India in everygrade level.
- Vaccination rate among PPES graduates households is 87% compared to 29% in non-PPES households.
- PPES student/teacher ratio was 23 compared to 42 in U.P. and 33 in all of India.
- Fertility rate (ages 16-30 years) is 1.08 children for PPES graduates compared to 1.63 children for similar non-PPES females.
- Despite 3 meals a day provided by the school, 66% of PPES students are underweight as measured by BMI values.
- 18.5% of PPES graduates earn a regular monthly income compared to 5.6% for non-PPES women in the area and that income is two times greater for PPES graduates.
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