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Working Group on Education Standards and Assessment. Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas (PREAL). PREAL. A joint initiative of the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington) and the Corporation for Economic Research (Santiago, Chile).

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Working Group on Education Standards and Assessment

Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas (PREAL)


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PREAL

  • A joint initiative of the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington) and the Corporation for Economic Research (Santiago, Chile).

  • a network of public and private organizations dedicated to reforming education policy in Latin America.

  • Works to involve key social actors in improving education.


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MISSION

  • Improve the quality and equity of education by improving education policy.


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Objectives

  • Involve civil society in education reform.

  • Monitor progress toward improving education.

  • Enrich the thinking of decision-makers and opinion leaders on education policy.


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PRIORITIES

  • Education standards and assessment

  • Decentralization, school autonomy and accountability

  • The teaching profession

  • Investment in primary and secondary education


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PROGRAMS

  • Education report cards

  • Partnerships with national centers

  • Regional working groups

  • Education Task Forces

  • Business-education partnerships

  • Conferences and seminars

  • Publications

  • Web-page

  • Region-wide research competition


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Working Group on Standards and Assessment

  • A region-wide network.

  • Emphasizes:

    • promoting standards and assessment

    • identifying best practices

    • building capacity


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Objectives

  • Strengthen efforts to measure student learning.

  • Increase understanding of how education standards and assessments:

    • monitor progress

    • improve quality

    • promote transparency and accountability

    • strengthen policy.

  • Promote strong, autonomous national systems of education assessment and participation in international assessments.

  • Strengthen capacity to manage and improve national testing systems, disseminate results, and improve policy.


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Activities

  • Analysis & Publications

  • Meetings & Conferences

  • Web-page

  • Training

  • Awards


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Analysis & Publications

  • The state of achievement testing in Latin America

  • National experiences in setting standards

  • Technical challenges in interpreting & using Latin American test results

  • How Latin American countries have used large-scale test results

  • Costs of testing in Latin America


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Analysis & Publications (cont.)

  • A manual on national education assessments

  • A manual on education standards

  • Proceedings of an international Seminar on standards and assessment

  • Policy briefs on key issues in assessment

  • Spanish translations of selected papers


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Meetings & Conferences

  • Standards and Learning Assessments: Advances and Challenges in Latin America and Panama.

  • Andean Community of Practice in Curriculum Development.


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Web-page

  • Working group publications

  • News

  • Electronic fora

  • Library

  • Useful links


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Training

  • Training module for disseminating test results.

  • Adapt World Bank assessment training modules for Latin America.


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Awards

  • Awards to journalists for excellence in covering assessment issues.



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