Category Archives: Learning

Learning to realize education’s promise – a look at the 2018 WDR

For the first time in forty years, the World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR), released on Tuesday, focuses exclusively on education. We are pleased to see its core messages resonating so well with our past reports, especially the 2013/4 EFA … Continue reading

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Poor quality learning assessments are crumbling under the weight of the decisions they inform

By Rachel Outhred, Education Consultant, Oxford Policy Management Much of the recent international discussion regarding the measurement of learning outcomes globally has been driven by the need to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ‘to ensure inclusive and equitable quality … Continue reading

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Gender Equality in Post-Genocide Rwanda

This blog looks at the positive example Rwanda sets in promoting gender equality through its textbooks. It is part of a series of blogs on this site published to encourage debates around a new GEM Report Policy Paper: Between the … Continue reading

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We must stamp out stereotypical teaching tools

Gender bias in textbooks is one of the best camouflaged and hardest to budge rocks in the road to gender equality in education. Through stereotypical and unbalanced depictions of men and women in stories and illustrations, textbooks undermine values and … Continue reading

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National learning assessments: there’s more to gain than valuable data

By Carmela Maria Salzano, International Development Consultant While the drive to benchmark global progress in improving education outcomes, and to increase the evidence-base for education policy making, has imbued the dialogue around monitoring SDG 4.1 with a strongly technical hue, … Continue reading

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How to reach a consensus on reporting learning globally

Carrying out national and cross-national learning assessments involves an enormous commitment of time, effort and resources. As such, they are most cost effective when they serve multiple purposes, which might also include providing an input to global monitoring of learning … Continue reading

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Comparing learning across diverse systems: a global challenge

Until recently education systems focused almost entirely on measuring access to and completion of school instead of what students take away from their schooling experience. Since 2000 there has been a pronounced shift to measuring learning outcomes, with more and … Continue reading

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