While the focus on 21st century skills has been important, it should not overshadow the critical need for foundational skills such as numeracy and literacy. By prioritizing foundational skills, we…

Rafael de Hoyos |

In EAP, a significant disconnect exists between policymakers' perceptions of how much students know and the reality of educational proficiency.

Tara Beteille |

The World Development Report 2018 (WDR) focused on how to help every child in the world learn. Schools play many roles in society, but helping children to master fundamental skills is one of their…

David Evans, Susannah Hares |

Despite high enrollment rates, students in most low- and middle-income countries were gaining insufficient knowledge and skills.

Deon Filmer, Halsey Rogers |

  Are students really learning? This is the primary question In Bangladesh, where more than one third of grade 3 students could not be classified as “readers” because they did not score high…

TM Asaduzzaman, Farzana Shams |

Also available in: Français  After months of early NY Penn Station mornings trying to remember whether to get on the Amtrak north to New Haven or south to DC, I am thrilled to transition from…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

In a sector where a proliferation of research seemingly has contributed at least as much to confusion as to progress, the 2018 World Development Report (WDR), Learning to Realize Education’s…

Brian Levy |

Celebrating education. (Photo: World Bank) As the editor of the World Bank’s education blog, I get weekly submissions from our education experts from all corners of the globe. Provocative and…

Anne Elicaño-Shields |

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” Lord Kelvin   Despite the recent proliferation of standardized testing in education, there is still a significant number of countries that oppose…

Rafael de Hoyos |