Major efforts have been made by Latin American and Caribbean countries to provide primary education for all of their children. With an education system in place that covers the majority of students, governments are focusing on developing education policies to improve coverage and quality.
In this publication, UNESCO’s Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean makes recommendations on how to design and implement education policies that provide greater learning opportunities to students. Prepared by the Latin American Laboratory for the Evaluation of Educational Quality (LLECE), the publication describes factors associated with student achievement, and is based on the results of tests carried out in the Second Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (SERCE).
A sophisticated analysis identified the main variables that explain learning in each country participating in SERCE and in the region as a whole. The solid empirical evidence is a source of inspiration for developing education policies and making schools places of greater equality.
It is hoped that this report will help policy decision-makers, directors and teachers uphold education as a means for building peace, development and equal opportunity for all in Latin America and the Caribbean.