Produced by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, TERCE in sight is geared to all those stakeholders involved in the topics of education, especially decision-makers. Its objective is to provide elements of analysis about a topic in particular that forms part of the findings of the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE), and that allows for the guiding of decisions about educational policy in the region.
N°4 June 2016
When comparing the learning achievements of migrant and non-migrant students in third and sixth grade, it is observed that migrant children achieve lower academic performance levels. These lower results in learning achievements do not apply to the entirety of this student population. There are associated factors that influence the learning of these students such as the socieconomic level of migrant families.
Education systems in the region have not yet been able to overcome performance gaps or provide support to vulnerable populations. Practices and initiatives are recommended that are aimed at supporting migrant children and their families in order to make it easier for them to integrate.
N°3, March 2016
What is behind gender inequality in learning achievements?
TERCE study identifies significant subject-based gender inequalities in learning achievements. Male students have a considerable advantage in mathematics and female students have a similar advantage in reading and writing.
It is therefore essential to review the curriculum, textbooks and teaching materials, so that men and women are equally portrayed in activities of different natures. Thus, it is imperative for images and messages to include both males and females performing equally in scientific activities, caring for small children, and doing household chores, among other things.
N°2, January 2016
Recreational use of computers: What is the contribution to student performance?
According to TERCE results, the use of computers for recreational activities has a negative effect on student learning achievements when considering the socioeconomic and cultural status. The more they use their computers, whether for chatting, communicating via social networks, or listening to music, the lower their achievements are in all assessed subject areas.
N°1, November 2015
Is grade repetition effective?
The results of the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study, TERCE, suggest that, in Latin America, students who have repeated a grade at least once score lower results on all exams overall, above all in mathematics and reading.