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    Archive for November, 2013

    You can’t make a pig fat by weighing it! – Part II

    By and - 27 Nov 2013


    Seven lessons learned and three steps to use data to improve teaching

    In the last post of this series on student learning evaluation we showed that, although test results are available, schools and teachers across the region do not systematically use them to inform education policy and teaching practices. We know we have a problem, now let’s focus on solutions.

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    You can’t make a pig fat by weighing it! – Part I

    By and - 21 Nov 2013


    From measurement to action: Using data to improve learning in the Caribbean

    Every year for the past 40 years, thousands of nervous students from the English-speaking Caribbean sit at their school desks’ to take a test that will change their lives. These evaluations are administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC). CXC’s Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are applied at the end of compulsory secondary education to approximately 120,000 students from English-speaking Caribbean countries (16 territories currently participate) to measure student performance. CSEC exam results constitute the main credential used to pursue higher education or to enter the job market. These tests are “high stakes” for the individual students because their performance determines their future. Sadly, in many countries less than half of those who sit the exam attain satisfactory pass rates in key areas such as English language and math.

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    From maid to doctor: the extraordinary journey of Marta Palacios

    By - 19 Nov 2013


    Photos: Lauren Conn

    Perhaps it was always inside of her, something intrinsic, a voice pushing her to preserve despite the obstacles.  Or maybe it was her mother’s voice that kept her going, reassuring her that education would be her pathway to success.  Most would say that Marta Palacios’ journey from monolingual dishwasher and maid to award-winning principal and Doctor of Education is nothing short of extraordinary.  But she would probably tell you humbly that her personal story only confirms what she’s always believed: through education, anything is possible.

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    How do kids’ emotions affect their learning?

    By - 12 Nov 2013


    The last post begs two questions: 1) how do socio-emotional skills impact learning; and 2) how can they be best acquired. An interesting article in the New York Times provides some insight.

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