13.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Assessment of learnings in Latin America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica receives experts responsible for preparing the regional ERCE report

Elementary school students, Tortuguero, Costa Rica. ©Terry Feuerborn, Flickr.

  • A national event that brings together specialists to assess learnings, together with Costa Rican civil society, will be held in conjunction with the 37th Meeting of National Coordinators of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) in San José between March 14 and 16, 2017.
  • This reflection on the use of assessments to improve education forms part of the LLECE work, including the planning process for the next Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (ERCE), an international assessment coordinated by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, and includes the participation of Costa Rica and 18 other countries in the region.

What is the explanation behind the results of the learning achievements in Costa Rica and how can these assessments be used to improve education? An open discussion on the quality of education in Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean is at the core of the first of two events organized by UNESCO in San José between March 14 and 16, 2017.

The first activity is an national event organized in conjunction with the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education, designed for academics, teachers and people interested in education assessment. It will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at 9 a.m. in the National Council of Rectors CONARE (Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz building in the US Embassy) and will include the presence of authorities from the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education.

During the first part of this event, Atilio Pizarro, general coordinator of LLECE, will present “The future of LLECE: policy reflections resulting from the challenges posed by the Education 2030 Agenda for the region.” Following this, Lilliam Mora, director of Quality Management and Assessment for the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education will present “What is the explanation behind the results of performance achievements in Costa Rica and how can these assessments be improved upon?” Ximena Dueñas. national coordinator of LLECE in Colombia will give a presentation on the assessment of learning and the use of assessments to improve education. This will be followed by a debate panel moderated by Jorge Gamboa Barrante, director of the Uladislao Gámez Solano Institute for Professional Development (IDPUGS).

The national event will culminate with the panel “International experiences and presentation of the report Sufficiency, equity and effectiveness of educational infrastructure in Latin America according to TERCE, which will include the contribution of Jesús Duarte, leading specialist at the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Walter Muñoz Caravaca, director of Infrastructure and Equipment for the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education. The panel will be moderated by Rosana Marcoré, national coordinator of LLECE in Paraguay.

37th Meeting of National Coordinators of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE)
The second event to be held in San José is part of the commitments made January 24 and 25, 2017, under the Declaration of Buenos Aires by the ministers of education in the region. Among other commitments, in this regional agreement, they established aspects related to education assessment and identified the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) as part of the follow-up and monitoring mechanisms for the Education 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal N° 4 on education in the region.

Based on these guidelines and the calendar for preparing the ERCE study, the national coordinators of the laboratory will analyze the prior study on curricular analysis, details for designing learning achievement tests and the questionnaire of associated factors. Likewise, there will be discussions on sample frameworks of the ERCE study, as well as an analysis of the laboratory's capacity-building program. The purpose of this program is to ensure its relevance and contribution to the development of national assessment agencies that participate in the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE).

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