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Medir el aprendizaje para no estar volando a ciegas

Jaime Saavedra's picture
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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”

Jaime Saavedra's picture
Also available in: Español
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.

Student assessment: Supporting the development of human capital

Julia Liberman's picture

At the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia, the World Bank highlighted the importance of human capital for economic development.
Central to the World Bank’s motivation for the Human Capital Project is evidence that investments in education and health produce better-educated and healthier individuals, as well as faster economic growth and a range of benefits to society more broadly. As part of this effort to accelerate more and better investments in people, the new Human Capital Index provides information on productivity-related human capital outcomes, seeking to answer how much human capital a child born today will acquire by the end of secondary school, given the risks to poor health and education that prevail in the country where she or he was born.