Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE)
First release of TERCE results: December 4, 2014
Second release of results: April 29, 2014
Download TERCE's information kit (PDF in Spanish)
TERCE is a large scale study of learning achievements applied in 2013; 15 countries took part (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay), plus the Mexican state of Nuevo León (Mexico).
This study assesses the performance of pupils in third and sixth grades primary school in Mathematics, Reading and Writing (Language), plus Natural Sciences in the case of sixth grade.
The main object is to report on the quality of education in the region and orient decision-making in education policy. In order to achieve this objective the study involves the application not only of tests to measure learning achievements, but also of context questionnaires, to gain understanding of the circumstances in which learning occurs.
The first set of results, to be delivered on December 4, 2014, will consist of the presentation of comparative results between TERCE and the second study to measure learning achievements in primary education in the region, SERCE, in 2006. This comparison will demonstrate the changes which have occurred in the performance of the educational systems of participating countries over the last seven years.
Specifically, the results which will be delivered in this first set will allow learning achievements to be compared between pupils in third and sixth grades, in the Mathematics and Reading tests; this will apply to all the countries which participated in both studies. In addition, the Natural Sciences test results will be compared for the 8 countries for which data on both measurements are available; participation in the science test was voluntary in SERCE, and it was applied in only a few countries.
The complete results of TERCE will be reported in April 2015, including the factors associated with the context surrounding the test results. Other innovations in TERCE are the “national modules” of associated factors, which will enable countries to study in greater detail the factors which affect learning; a module to study the impact of the use of ICT on the quality of education; and the relationship between nutrition and learning.