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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.

    Archive for April, 2014

    Did you have one of those awesome teachers who turned your world around?

    By - 29 Apr 2014

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    I think all of us can recall a special teacher who inspired us, pushed us and made us grow. For me it was my Spanish teacher who planted in me a seed that has led to a lifelong love affair with the cultures, peoples and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. For others it may be the teacher who mentored them and made them see that they had the power to transform their lives through education.

    If you want to recognize that special teacher in your life, or simply celebrate all those wonderful teachers out there who work to change the world one child at a time, now is your chance!

    Join us on May 6 here in DC when former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Colombian business leader Alejandro Santo Domingo reveal the name of this year’s Best Early Childhood Educator in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

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    To assess or not to assess, that is the question

    By - 22 Apr 2014

     *By Catalina Covacevic


    In Chile, as in many other countries, we are involved in a multitude of assessments that measure student learning. On one hand, various international tests are carried out: TIMSS, PISA, ICCS, etc. On the other hand, the National Agency of Quality of Education annually or biennially administers the Education Quality Measurement System Test (SIMCE) across different grades in the subjects of natural sciences, social sciences, language and math; it conducts the SIMCE for English in the third year of high school; and it undertakes SIMCE for Physical Education in the eighth grade. Additionally, as if this was not enough, many students in their last year of high school devote much of their time preparing for the college admissions examination, which involves them taking many practice tests.

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    Avoiding the poverty trap

    By - 10 Apr 2014

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    Education seeks to provide equal learning opportunities for all: the poor and the rich. But… can education systems accomplish this goal? Can the poorest children and youth achieve high learning outcomes? To date, no clear response to either one of these two questions exists within the literature.

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