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Paraguay: Compartiendo los resultados de la primera evaluación censal de logros académicos para ayudar a las escuelas a mejorar

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En 2015, el Ministerio de Educación y Ciencias de Paraguay implementó por primera vez una evaluación censal a través del Sistema Nacional de Evaluación del Proceso Educativo.

Una de nosotras – Diana – creció en Paraguay, pero nunca tuvo la oportunidad de tomar pruebas estandarizadas de ningún tipo durante su vida escolar en el país, ni tampoco conoce a ningún compatriota de su generación que las haya tomado. A raíz de las mudanzas frecuentes de su familia, ella tuvo que estudiar en diferentes escuelas y pudo observar de cerca las desigualdades existentes en la calidad educativa. Mientras que algunas escuelas a las que asistió no alcanzaban las metas de aprendizaje del currículo nacional, otras enseñaban mejor a los estudiantes. La calidad de la enseñanza y la gestión escolar determinan qué aprenden los estudiantes; desafortunadamente, la diferencia en la calidad educativa no es evidente para los estudiantes, familias, docentes, directores o supervisores escolares porque es difícil comparar el rendimiento académico entre estudiantes y escuelas de forma consistente.

Paraguay: Sharing student assessment results to help schools improve

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In 2015, the Ministry of Education and Sciences in Paraguay implemented a census-based standardized student assessment through the National Student Achievement Assessment System.

One of us – Diana – grew up in Paraguay and never encountered a standardized test in all the years that she went to school. Nor does she know any fellow Paraguayans of her generation who have taken one. Her parents relocated often, so she attended many different schools and, consequently, she experienced a wide range in the quality of schools and teachers. While many of the schools repeatedly failed to achieve the ambitious goals of the national curriculum, some were able to better nurture students. The quality of teaching and the way in which schools are run determine what students learn. Unfortunately, the marked quality differences are generally not evident to students, families, or even teachers, school directors or supervisors because it is difficult to compare learning outcomes in a consistent manner.

Medir el aprendizaje para no estar volando a ciegas

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Foto: Sarah Farhat/ World Bank

Tan solo tres semanas después de que me nombraran ministro de Educación de Perú, mi equipo y yo recibimos los resultados de la ronda de 2012 del Programa Para la Evaluación Internacional de Alumnos (PISA). Perú ocupaba el último lugar. No era el anteúltimo, no estaba en el 10 % más bajo. Era el último.

La educación, que nunca aparecía en los titulares de los diarios del país, figuraba ahora en la primera plana. Para algunos medios, el hecho de sólo países ricos y algunos países de ingresos medios participaban en las pruebas PISA no era importante; eso era solo una nota al pie. En los periódicos, los alumnos peruanos tenían los peores niveles de aprendizaje del mundo.

Measuring learning to avoid “flying blind”

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Measuring learning outcomes allows countries to plan better, as it shows the magnitude and characteristics of their learning challenges. Photo: Sarah Farhat/ World Bank

Just three weeks after becoming Minister of Education in Peru, my team and I received the results from the 2012 round of PISA. Peru was ranked last. Not next to last, not bottom 10%.  It was last.

Education, which never made headlines in the country, was on the front pages. For some people in the media, the fact that PISA was only administered to a subset of rich and middle-income countries around the world was not important, that was just a footnote. For them, Peruvian students were the worst in the world.

The Early Grade Bottlenecks and Low Completion Rates in Africa

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Countries in Africa are facing a conundrum according to a recent World Bank flagship report, “Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa.” Over the past 10 to 25 years, many have made tremendous progress in getting children into classrooms. Yet, while total enrollment has increased, in many of these same countries primary school completion rates have not.

Teachers and trust: cornerstones of the Finnish education system

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Public school teachers in Brazil, Indonesia or Peru have stable jobs, enjoy high level of legal protection, and are part of teacher unions that shield them politically. Public school teachers in Finland also have stable jobs and are rarely fired. They are represented by a powerful teacher union, which is very influential among other stakeholders in policy discussions. Why do student learning outcomes among these countries vary dramatically?

Tecnología adaptativa para mejorar el aprendizaje de las matemáticas en República Dominicana

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En el salón de clases, junto con sus compañeros de sexto grado, Yudeisy nos cuenta que a ella lo que más le gusta hacer durante el día es ver videos y tutoriales en YouTube. También le gusta usar la computadora y el celular porque puede ver videos de música, clips de influencers y entrevistas con sus artistas favoritos. Ella, junto con sus otros compañeros de sexto grado en una escuela pública primaria en Santo Domingo, han participado en un piloto durante los últimos cuatro meses para reforzar el aprendizaje de las matemáticas usando software adaptado al nivel de matemáticas de cada estudiante.

Adaptive Technology to Help Improve Math Learning in the Dominican Republic

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In the classroom, along with her sixth-grade classmates, Yudeisy tells us that what she likes doing the most during the day is watching videos and tutorials on YouTube. She also likes to use her computer and cell phone because she can watch music videos, influencers' clips and interviews with her favorite artists. Yudeisy, along with her classmates in a public elementary school in Santo Domingo, is part of a four-month pilot to reinforce mathematics using software that adapts to the math level of each student.

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