02.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Colombia to host the National Coordinators’ Meeting of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education

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As the data collection cycle for the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE) draws to a close, on 4 and 5 November, 2013, Barranquilla (Colombia) will host the 31st National Coordinators’ Meeting of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE), coordinated by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. The meeting will be held in association with the 3rd Ibero-American and 5th National Congress for Quality Education in Colombia and 4th Meeting of Ibero-American Teachers

The LLECE coordinators’ meeting will address two core issues: the in-progress implementation of the TERCE study, the leading learning achievement study in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and defining a new strategic plan for LLECE for the 2014-2018 period.

Progress in the final application of TERCE will be reviewed, in particular examining quality control, as well as strategies to disseminate and make use of the results. This strategy will help UNESCO and the LLECE network to place and disseminate the TERCE and its results in the region. The meeting will also address LLECE’s Strategic Plan, developing decisions on questions such as: what activities will LLECE undertake during coming years? With <a name="_GoBack"></a>which strategic partners? How will its activities be financed? Similarly, discussion will examine how the organization’s mission, specific goals, and strategic components are defined.

In view of the meeting’s importance, representatives of LLECE’s 15 member states will take part, as will TERCE’s implementation partners, the LLECE technical coordination team, and other invitees.

“We believe that the Strategic Plan that we will be presenting in Barranquilla is a solid proposal that will guide our actions during coming years. The vision put forward is ambitious, set against a backdrop of rapid regional development, but we believe that we have generated the human and intellectual conditions necessary to implement it, and to highlight LLECE’s vital role in improving education quality in the region” said Atilio Pizarro, Head of Planning, Management, Monitoring, and Assessment at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.

“Now that we are going ahead with TERCE, bringing the data collection cycle to a close, we have to make decisions regarding how we can ensure that the study has the maximum possible impact in improving education quality in Latin America and the Caribbean. This will be a key issue to address at the coming meeting with representatives of all of LLECE’s member states”, added Moritz Bilagher, the study’s technical coordinator.

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LLECE is the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education, a network of national directors of education assessment that organises the region’s leading studies on learning outcomes, such as PERCE, SERCE, and now TERCE. The results of LLECE’s evaluations have opened the way for discussion of education in the region to focus on quality without exclusion, providing information that offers a handle on understanding the magnitude and nature of the challenges facing education in Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization provides updates on recent events through its newsletter, LLECE Today.

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