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Posts by Ariel Fiszbein

Educational Assessment in Latin America

By Ariel Fiszbein

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The following article by Ariel Fiszbein was originally written for Bastión Digital, which has given the Inter-American Dialogue permission to reproduce the text on the PREAL blog. To read the original article in Spanish, click here.

A basic principle of good management is that if clear objectives are not set and we do not measure to what extent they are being met, it is very difficult to obtain results. In the case of education this entails the existence of learning goals and assessment systems. Read more

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Evaluation as a Management Tool: Interview with Silvia Montoya

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An Interview with Silvia Montoya (SM) by Ariel Fiszbein (AF)

Ariel Fiszbein interviews Silvia Montoya, the new Director of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, about her experience as Director in charge of evaluation in the Ministry of Education in the City of Buenos Aires, the lessons she learned about learning assessments and education statistics, and her expectations about her new job.

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PREAL Publications: Towards Quality Education for All

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By Ariel Fiszbein

In this document, entitled “Hacia una educacion de calidad para todos” and prepared for the first meeting of the Commission for Quality Education for All, we present our view on the five priority areas to improve the quality of education in Latin America

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Building Human Resources for Productivity in Latin America

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By Ariel Fiszbein

The following article was prepared for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Sol M. Linowitz Forum. The main argument is that innovation in human resources training systems – professional-technical training programs and higher education in general – is critical to improving productivity. Latin America must eliminate institutional rigidities and expand spaces for experimentation in models of educational service delivery. Although it is not easy to find a solution, the real failure is not trying, not innovating. Read more

Commission for Quality Education for All

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By Ariel Fiszbein

I want to share with all of the readers of our blog a new initiative that excites us in a profound way: the launch of the Commission for Quality Education for All.

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Only High-Quality Early Education Programs Work

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By Ariel Fiszbein

There is increasing interest in and support for investments in early childhood development. Nobel Prize laureate Jim Heckman has become one of the most vocal voices in the US around the world arguing that investing in the human capital of young children is a fiscally responsible way of reducing costs and promoting economic growth.

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The Paradox of Education in Chile

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By Ariel Fiszbein and Emiliana Vegas

In an article published by El País, Ariel Fiszbein and Emiliana Vegas argue that Chile is currently undergoing a profound debate on the future of its education system. Despite being the most advanced country in Latin America with respect to education, Chile wants to be a developed country and is not satisfied with only comparing results with its neighbors. Its role models are the most developed countries who are fellow members of the OECD group. In this group, the Chilean education system leaves much to be desired. Read more

A Critique of UNESCO’s Proposal on Education After 2015

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By Ariel Fiszbein and Eduardo Vélez Bustillo

Since the early sixties (at the conference of Addis Ababa), and with the best intentions, the international community has been setting goals to solve educational problems in developing countries. Unfortunately, and for various reasons, these have not been met. Even the most recently agreed targets in the Millennium Development Goals, which should be achieved next year, will not be met. In fact, 54 countries will not have achieved universal primary education by the end of 2015. Read more

Clues for Improving Education in Argentina

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An Interview with Manuel A. Alvarez Trongé and Alejandro J. Ganimian

To mark the publication of a report on the poor quality of education in Argentina, Ariel Fiszbein (Director of the Education Program at the Inter-American Dialogue) interviewed Manuel A. Alvarez Trongé (President of Proyecto Educar 2050) and Alejandro J. Ganimian (author of the report).

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The New Education Plan in Brazil

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At the end of May, after a nearly four-year process (the initial draft was submitted in December 2010), the Brazilian Congress passed a new National Education Plan, which is now awaiting the signature of the President. Read more