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28.08.2015 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study on Education Quality (TERCE) presented in Argentina

Foto: Gobierno de la provincia de Salta, Argentina

The main TERCE results and their implications were shared at the First Congress on Education Quality and Innovation held in Salta, Argentina.


Dissemination and promotion efforts for using the TERCE study results will continue this year. Specifically, primary reports concerning the study results and other high relevance content related to educational improvement will be published. This includes findings on the relevance of “support to education” based on the areas evaluated by the TERCE, as well as a publication on policy recommendations based on studies of factors connected to student learning.

The First Congress on Education Quality and Innovation included a Planning and Evaluation Panel. In this Panel Atilio Pizarro introduced the results of TERCE, by the Latin American Laboratory for the Assessment of Quality in Education (LLECE). Mr. Pizarro is the chief of the Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Section of the UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago).

The event was organized by the Provincial Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Province of Salta (Argentina), the National University of Salta, the Catholic University of Salta and the Salta Foundation. It was held August 26-27. The purpose was to disseminate, discuss, propose and exchange public policies geared toward improving quality and innovation. Another goal was to highlight the role that education plays in building citizenship and the sustainable development of a State.

Pizarro spoke at Table 3. His presentation title was “Quality Assessment Policies: the experience of the TERCE study”. The topics were the challenges of reforming organizations and managing educational systems. It also encouraged a political-pedagogical reflexion concerning the status of regional policies in Argentina about these issues, based on the TERCE results and its lessons.

“Part of the essential role of UNESCO is to promote education as a fundamental human right. The Right to Education, therefore, means that the right to learn in its full measure requires quality education throughout one’s life,” said Pizarro.

Following Pizarro’s comments, the Right to Education is an on-going process that also needs on-going monitoring. One of the essential tools for this work is learning assessment. This helps determine the curricular efficacy and the reach of the education systems. “This means that assessment offers feedback whether on progress made, falling behind or not complying with these rights. With this information decision makers have solid evidence for backing up the measures they choose to undertake," he added.

In this context Mr. Pizarro explained the creation of the Latin American Laboratory for the Assessment of Quality in Education (LLECE) as a place for reflection and training on how to conceptualize education quality and the means to evaluate it. Furthermore, UNESCO official discussed the implementation (by this organization) of three regional comparative education studies (PERCE 1997, SERCE 2006, TERCE 2013). Their aim was to encourage improvement of education polices and practices in the region using data on student learning outcomes and associated factors.

“The findings of the second and third studies helped identify key intervention areas based on solid empirical evidence for decision-makers. It also encourages urgent measures to improve equality in education and to support the development of our children and young people. The future of our societies belongs to them,” stressed Pizarro.

Throughout this year OREALC/UNESCO Santiago is disseminating TERCE results. This will continue until the end of the year by means of a number of activities for sharing the results. It will focus on national events and each participating country will be in charge of them and have UNESCO’s support for carrying them out.

“We hope that the study becomes a source of information for all those who are working for education rights in Latin America. We are united in our efforts toward this goal," added the official.

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