13.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Newsletter LLECE: The Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE) is being implemented

After several years of preparation, on 20 May, in the Dominican Republic, implementation began for the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE), which is being coordinated by the Latin American Laboratory for the Assessment of Quality in Education (LLECE) of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. Data compiled by the TERCE will represent a significant contribution to monitor compliance with Target 6 –quality in education– of the Education for All (EFA) global agenda, led by UNESCO in the region. It is estimated that the data will be available in the second semester of 2014.

This milestone in the history of the region has been carefully organized by a great number of stakeholders who have been working on the TERCE since 2010. This year began with the assessment of countries’ records regarding Math, Science, and Language in 3rd and 6th grades. The purpose is to guarantee a common starting point at the time of evaluating all countries through TERCE tests. This task was carried out with the support of the Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education (ICFES, by its Spanish–language acronym).

In 2011, jointly with the Assessment Center of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (MIDE UC) and the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP), also in Chile, tests and questionnaires were developed. We collaborated with the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in the development of software utilized for data capture and sample management. The IEA and Brazil’s National Institute for Education Studies and Research (INEP, by its Portuguese–language acronym) also participated in the review of sample design. The Higher Technical Council provided strategic guidance for the Study. Throughout this process, technical coordinators of the LLECE worked closely with LLECE’s national coordinators and their teams in the preparation of the Study and in the trainings that were necessary in the whole region. Last year, a pilot implementation of the Study was conducted, and this year, we are working on the Study’s final implementation.

It must be noted that just before implementation of the TERCE began, the XXX Meeting of LLECE National Coordinators took place in Panama City (25–26 April). This gathering was useful to review planning of the TERCE’s final implementation, and also to discuss the main elements of the new LLECE strategy (2014–2018). One of the points of agreement was that dissemination and utilization of the TERCE results should be a key element of this strategy. This will continue being discussed at the next meeting of national coordinators, set for November of this year.

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