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Quantitative Analysis of State School Education Laws

About the Project


As India undertakes a K-12 overhaul, in collaboration with the Mercatus Center, we undertook a quantitative analysis of all 145 state school education laws in India in January 2021.

RegData India is one of the first attempts to quantify Indian laws, using custom-made text analysis and algorithms. In collaboration with:

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State School Education Laws

Education in India is on the concurrent list, meaning it is governed by both state and central laws. Under Sarthaq, states and union territories, which have their own education laws, must establish their respective State School Standards Authority (SSSA) to regulate, set standards for and provide certification to private schools. Setting up an SSSA would require overhauling the regulatory architecture for K-12 education at the state level, NEP 2020 says.

State education laws were reviewed on three metrics: law volume (or total word count), the number of restrictions a law imposes, and the linguistic complexity of the law. How voluminous, restrictive and complex a country’s laws are, affects its economic growth, productivity and cost to consumers, according to an analysis of laws in Australia, Canada, and the United States by the Mercatus Center.