TERCE regional learning study to start in April, following a meeting of the 15 participating countries
The 30th Meeting of National Coordinators of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) is to be held in Panama City on 24 and 25 April. This is the last event on the agenda prior to the definitive launch of the Third Study (TERCE) with the delivery of research materials that set the start of the implementation of a leading study on learning achievement in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Participants at the meeting are to include representatives of LLECE’s 15 member countries, as well as the TERCE implementation partner organizations (MIDE Universidad Católica and the Universidad Diego Portales), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and the LLECE technical coordination team.
The main objectives of the event are to clear up any doubts regarding the planning of the TERCE study in view of its imminent launch, and to present a draft version of LLECE’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. Dissemination of the results of LLECE’s studies will feature as a main component of this plan. With that in mind, the Laboratory is to share a preliminary version of a usage and dissemination plan for the result of TERCE, drawn up by education evaluation and communication specialist Dr. Gregory Elacqua. The strategy will help UNESCO and the LLECE network to position TERCE and its results in the region, as part of the worldwide Education for All (EFA) agenda.
The meeting will also include presentations of four key LLECE reports, including the TERCE Curriculum Analysis and a report on education policies in the region. The work of the Special Commission on Learning Metrics will also be presented - a special project to define metrics to measure progress made towards Goal 6 (education quality) in UNESCO’s Education for All worldwide agenda - will also be presented at the event, as well as the results of the 2nd Meeting of the TERCE High Level Technical Advisory Board (CTAN), held last December in Santiago.
“We are at a critical phase in LLECE’s strategic planning. This is not only down to the final implementation of TERCE, but also because we need to visualise where LLECE will be in the next 5 years, and how it will adapt to new challenges and trends affecting education, both at a regional level and worldwide” said Atilio Pizarro, Head of Planning, Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.
“2014 will be the time to present the results of TERCE, and we are already thinking about that. However, we are also working on a TERCE ‘post-test’, to obtain data on trends. This meeting in Panama will be a strategic opportunity to address these issues”, added Moritz Bilagher, the study’s Technical Coordinator.
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 most significant studies on learning achievement, such as PERCE, SERCE, and now TERCE. It informs on its activities and events through the latest LLECE bulletin.
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