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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.
    Javier LuqueJavier Luque
    Senior Education Specialist
    Lauren ConnLauren Conn
    Julien HautierJulien Hautier
    Education Specialist
    Cynthia HobbsCynthia Hobbs
    Senior Education Specialist
    Alejandro MorduchowiczAlejandro Morduchowicz
    Education Lead Specialist
    Elena Arias OrtizElena Arias Ortiz
    Education Senior Associate
    Hugo ÑopoHugo Ñopo
    Lead Economist
    Emma Näslund-HadleyEmma Näslund-Hadley
    Lead Education Specialist
    Ryan BurgessRyan Burgess
    Specialist at the Education Division
    Aimee VerdiscoAimee Verdisco
    Education Lead Specialist
    María Soledad BosMaría Soledad Bos
    Education Specialist
    Marcelo Pérez AlfaroMarcelo Pérez Alfaro
    Lead Education Specialist
    Horacio ÁlvarezHoracio Álvarez
    Education Specialist
    Jennelle ThompsonJennelle Thompson
    Senior Education Specialist
    Carlos HerranCarlos Herran
    Lead Education Specialist
    Gádor ManzanoGádor Manzano
    Senior Communications Specialist

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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.

    Dec 19 2014


    I have always found it fascinating to learn about how scientific “discoveries” are made. Scientists have the power of observing the ordinary and seeing the extraordinary. One of my favorite cases comes from an episode I watched some years ago on the Discovery Channel where a Physics professor from the University of Chicago, Sidney Nagel, one morning, as he was pouring himself a cup of coffee, accidentally spilled a drop on his kitchen counter. As he watched it dry he began to wonder why it was that there was always a ring of darker stuff at the outer edge (haven’t we all seen one?) Read more…

    Dec 12 2014

    Picture4In my previous post, I introduced the PRIDI project and the Engle Scale and highlighted some of the really interesting results – like the importance of the nurturing environment for child development – that are emerging from the project. In this post, I talk about some of the more specific findings. Read more…

    Dec 4 2014
    Members of the Education Division of the IDB and Education Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean discuss the institutional architecture of successful Educational Systems at the "Regional Policy Dialogue"

    Members of the Education Division of the IDB and Education Authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean discuss the institutional architecture of successful Education Systems at the “Regional Policy Dialogue”

    Last month we visited The National Institute of Education Studies and Research (INEP) in Brasil and the Secretariat of Education of the State of Ceará to exchange experiences about the use of evaluations as a tool to improve public policies. Given that Ecuador is also producing more and more information about the effectiveness of its education system, it was very rewarding to confirm the value of assessments, which have become increasingly reliable and more relevant for decision-making. Brazil has a history of measuring student learning and, in recent years, it has developed ways at both central and state levels to link the results of student learning to education policy. Read more…

    Nov 21 2014


    Yes, it’s true. A higher percentage of girls than boys obtain passes in the regional Caribbean Secondary Education Council/CSEC Examinations (used as a secondary school leaving exam) in most subject areas. However, in key subjects such as mathematics, more than half of all Jamaican candidates failed in 2013, regardless of sex. Though boys underperform in relation to girls, what is clear is that both boys and girls show low levels of academic achievement and have room for improvement. Therefore, the education system should be striving for excellence for all. Read more…

    Nov 12 2014

    Not long ago, schools in Belize’s wealthiest communities received up to twenty times more public resources per students than other schools. The financing of secondary education was a mishmash of grants and transfers from different sources. The most important resource transfers to schools were grants to pay teachers. Unfortunately, by not having limits in place for what subject areas would be publicly funded, over time some schools in more affluent and influential urban areas had come to offer very broad and sophisticated curricula. Read more…