PISA 2018 results were released today. 79 countries and 600,000 students took part in the seventh triennial round of the highly scrutinized tests which assess the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds in maths, reading, and science. Here are a few quick reactions from the edu-data enthusiasts here at CGD.
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The ‘Learning Adjusted Year of Schooling’ (LAYS) concept, introduced last year by the World Bank, seeks to combine access and learning outcomes into a single measure, allowing funders to compare directly across different kinds of interventions. We like the idea and applaud innovation in measurement, but think LAYS still has some way to go before it’s really ready to be used as a robust measure by funders.
In 2014, the DFID released a “rigorous review” of the literature on private schools in developing countries. Five years on, there has been a slew of new studies. Do the conclusions still stand? We carried out a quick scan of the research published since 2014 and found that the recent evidence broadly reinforces the earlier findings.
A recent report by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings suggests that private school chains may prove to be valuable supplements to public education. But donors looking for scale should think twice before placing all bets on private school chains. The vast majority of private schools are not part of a chain. They’re run by individual proprietors, otherwise known as “mom n’ pop shops.”
World leaders and policymakers are in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss key global issues, including global education. Here, we round up the big announcements at UNGA related to education.
The global education community has been calling on poor countries to increase their spending on education for years now, to little avail. Instead of repeatedly making the case for how important education is, or calling for poliltical will, a smarter approach could be to directly address the political economy of education spending.
Better school choice won’t create better schools by itself, but it can save time for everyone involved and make a system fairer that is critical for the life chances of millions. That’s a choice worth making.
Are “sin taxes” regressive? This is a common criticism of proposals to increase taxes on “bads” such as tobacco, alcohol, and sugar. There are a number of reasons not to be too concerned by the answer to this question. But still, we were curious, so we took a look at the data.