Assessments make a lot of people nervous, and I’m not just talking about the students who have to take them. As a psychometrician (assessment expert) and World Bank staffer, I’ve worked on…

Marguerite Clarke |

Data shows that huge swaths of populations in developing countries are not learning to read. Scaling up early reading interventions will be a first step toward addressing these high illiteracy…

Harry A. Patrinos, Jimmy Graham, Sean Kelly |

While more ECA program countries are participating in the PISA assessment of 15-year-old students' skills, education poverty in these countries has only slightly declined since 2000. (Photo:…

Cristian Aedo, Katia Herrera Sosa |

An Ayiti, anviron 90% nan timoun ki gen laj pou lekòl primè enskri nan lekòl. Malgre yo poko rive nan nivo enskripsyon inivèsèl, sa a se yon gwo amelyorasyon ki fèt konpare ak jan sa te ye ventan…

Juan Baron, Melissa Adelman, David Evans |

This page in: Haitian Kreyol Students reading in class. Photo: ©World Bank In Haiti, about 90% of primary school-aged children are enrolled in school.  While still falling short of universal…

Juan Baron, Melissa Adelman, David Evans |

Students in a READ-financed Mozambique program take their exams. Photo by Jem Heinzel NelsonEd: This guest post is by Alan Ruby, senior scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for…

Alan Ruby |

Syrian refugee students listen to their school teacher during math classes.  Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank ​In Europe, the year 2015 will be remembered as the year of the “refugee crisis.”…

Christian Bodewig |