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Regional Strategic Project on Teachers in Latin America and the Caribbean

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We are pleased to share with our readers some recent publications of the Proyecto Estratégico Regional sobre Docentes (Regional Strategic Project on Teachers), led by UNESCO/OREALC and the Center for Studies in Education Policy and Practice (CEPPE), from the Catholic University of Chile, PUC. Read more

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PREAL Enlaces: Teacher Status Around the World

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The Varkey Gems Foundation recently published a study that compares the status of teachers in 21 countries worldwide. All of the countries had participated in the PISA examination; only one—Brazil—was from Latin America. The study found major differences in the way teachers are perceived by the public. Read more

PREAL Enlaces: Training First-rate Teachers

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In a recent op-ed in El Tiempo, Guillermo Perry, former chief economist for Latin America at the World Bank, argues that the most important step to improving education in Colombia (and, by extension, in countries with similarly poor education performance throughout the region) is to improve teacher quality. Read more

2012 PISA Results: LAC continues to lag in education performance

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The results of the OECD’s 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released yesterday. We list below key takeaways for the eight Latin American countries that participated in this round (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay). Read more

PREAL Enlaces: New Evidence Sheds Light on Value-Added Debate

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In a recent blog post on the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center Chalkboard, Harvard University professor Thomas Kane summarizes new research on the merit of using value-added approaches (i.e. growth in student achievement over the school year) to evaluate teacher performance.  Read more

PREAL Enlaces: Study Enables International Comparison of Test Scores

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A blog post by Harry Patrinos, Education Manager at the World Bank, summarizes a recent study in which he and his collaborators aggregated the results of global and regional student examinations beginning in 1965 to enable a broader international comparison of education quality. Read more

PREAL Enlaces: Teacher Evaluations in Washington, DC, Improve Teacher Performance

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A recent study (PDF) suggests that the teacher evaluation program established in Washington D.C. in 2009 is affecting the performance and retention of teachers. Read more

PREAL Enlaces: Characteristics of Effective Charter Schools in New York

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A recent study on the factors associated with effective charter schools in New York City suggests that many inputs often thought to influence results—class size, per pupil expenditure, the fraction of teachers with no teaching certification, and the fraction of teachers with an advanced degree—are not correlated with school effectiveness, and may even reduce test scores.  Read more

PREAL Enlaces: (Mis)spent – The State of Education in Mexico 2013

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The 2013 edition of Mexicanos Primero’s annual report, “The State of Education in Mexico,” investigates the way in which public funds are used for education and the extent to which this spending fosters or inhibits the right of children and youth to receive a quality education.  Read more

PREAL Enlaces: The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning

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A new book by Lant Pritchett, The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning, argues not only that education systems in developing countries need to shift from focusing exclusively on enrollment to focusing on learning, but also that they should move away from central control towards systems that are locally controlled, adapted to context, and free to innovate. Read more