04.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO Santiago will be present at a World Bank symposium on learning assessment

On 7 and 8 November, 2013, the symposium “Assessment for Global Learning” will be held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. The event will seek to answer a number of questions on the importance or gauging learning outcomes in the context of the post-2015 education agenda. The Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) will be present to expound on progress in the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE).

The symposium will bring together public policy researchers and technical experts, in a bid to develop a platform to review and discuss the current portfolio of tools available and approaches for monitoring learning. The event also seeks to analyse how learning outcomes are measured, in order to find useful methods and to explore how best they can be used or improved to meet the needs of the post-2015 development agenda and to support student learning.

The Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) will be represented by Moritz Bilagher, coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE).  Bilagher explained that “this symposium is an opportunity to address the global learning crisis that is affecting the life chances of millions of children around the world. Despite significant progress over the past fifteen years in getting more girls and boys into school, gains have been uneven and learning levels remain alarmingly low. The Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) works towards best determining learning outcomes in order to develop better educational policies”.

Along with UNESCO, delegates will include Andreas Schleicher, of the Programme for International Student Assessment<a name="_GoBack"></a> (PISA) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Dirk Hastedt, of the Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) programme; Jacques Malpel, of the Conference of the Ministers of Education of French Speaking Countries (CONFEMEN), and Toziba Masalila, of the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ).

The symposium will address the following questions: Why is measurement of learning important in the post-2015 development agenda? What are the available tools and approaches for measuring and effectively using information on learning? How can these tools and approaches be adapted or improved in order to better meet the learning needs outlined in the post-2015 agenda? And, how can governments best go about adapting or creating measurement tools and approaches that respond to the post-2015 agenda?




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