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  • This blog is written by specialists from the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Its objective is to provide arguments and ideas that will spark debate about how to transform education in Latin America and the Caribbean. This blog is a call to action for the reader. An idea, a project, or a question can make a difference.
    Cynthia HobbsCynthia Hobbs
    Senior Education Specialist
    Gádor ManzanoGádor Manzano
    Senior Communications Specialist
    Javier LuqueJavier Luque
    Senior Education Specialist
    Carlos HerranCarlos Herran
    Lead Education Specialist
    Elena Arias OrtizElena Arias Ortiz
    Education Senior Associate
    Emma Näslund-HadleyEmma Näslund-Hadley
    Lead Education Specialist
    Ryan BurgessRyan Burgess
    Specialist at the Education Division
    Aimee VerdiscoAimee Verdisco
    Education Lead Specialist
    Jennelle ThompsonJennelle Thompson
    Senior Education Specialist
    Julien HautierJulien Hautier
    Education Specialist
    Hugo ÑopoHugo Ñopo
    Lead Economist
    Marcelo Pérez AlfaroMarcelo Pérez Alfaro
    Lead Education Specialist
    Alejandro MorduchowiczAlejandro Morduchowicz
    Education Lead Specialist
    María Soledad BosMaría Soledad Bos
    Education Specialist
    Horacio ÁlvarezHoracio Álvarez
    Education Specialist
    Lauren ConnLauren Conn

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    Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son las del autor y no necesariamente reflejan las opiniones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, sus directivas, la Asamblea de Gobernadores o sus países miembros.

    The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

    Mar 27 2015


    In February 2014, I posted a blog about the impressive results  of  Vietnam in the 2012 Program for International Student Assesment (PISA) . Why was I surprised? The reason is simple: Vietnam, despite being one of the poorest countries in that race registered one of the highest scores, breaking the almost omnipresent and negative relationship between socioeconomic status and education quality outcomes.

    Fortunately, we also registered surprises in Latin America. Read more…

    Mar 26 2015


    Yesterday, Colombia celebrated the Day of Education Excellence or “E Day”. Throughout the day, public and private education institutions got to know and discussed the results of the “Synthetic Index of Education Quality”, a comprehensive measurement of the performance of public and private schools produced by the Ministry of National Education (MEN) and the Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education (ICFES). Read more…

    Mar 17 2015


    All HR managers face the same dilemma when hiring staff: “How can I identify  suitable and highly effective future workers?” Now, imagine that the HR manager is recruiting  for a position in which it is virtually impossible to dismiss the employee, and where promotions are generally granted just by the mere accumulation of years of service. Read more…

    Mar 12 2015

    Jamaican schools apply eight  “effectiveness” factors to improve students’ performance and behavior.

    Blog Cynthia

    JAMAICA – Students from Donald Quarrie High in Kingston during their computer class. Photo: Donald Quarrie High archives.

    What is an effective school?  What makes some schools perform better than others?

    Jamaica’s Ministry of Education commissioned a School Effectiveness Study through a technical cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank to answer these questions. Read more…

    Mar 6 2015


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    Good news for Peru! Today, students in second grade are learning more than their peers from eight years ago. This is indicated by the results of the Census of  Evaluation of Students, which measures student learning in reading and math. The news is positive in several aspects but, of course, there are still challenges ahead. Read more…