Why media reports about learning assessment data make me cringe

Focus the message or keep the complexity of the information – it wouldn’t be such a hard decision if there were more people – in the media or somewhere else – who would be interested in all the other interesting things we found out. (Which might be an argument for “never publish data without a conference to explain and disuss it.)
The alternative: Only publish the data which has already been focused on the message you want to deliver and skip the rest.

World Education Blog

montoya-cropped1By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

With a new set of post-2015 education goals and targets on the horizon, the international community is looking to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to help collect global data on countries as they seek to improve the learning outcomes of their children and youth. UIS is the official source of cross-nationally comparable education data, uniquely placed to identify and produce a range of new indicators with the support of its technical and financial partners. The challenges ahead are tremendous. While addressing the myriad of issues related to data production, we must address the following critical issue: How will the data be used?

The view from the field where scorecards eclipse analysis

Before joining the UIS as Director, I led a series of learning assessment initiatives in my native Argentina. With a small team, we focused on two key…

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