A couple weeks ago we got to spend two days listening to an all-star line-up of education researchers present the current state of the art in “Research on Improving Systems of Education,” aka RISE. Here’s what we learned.
A new report examining independent learning assessments in developing countries shows that while they produce robust measures to date they have done little to improve the quality of learning. Growing awareness of the sorry state of education is necessary, but it is far from sufficient to spark change.
The global policy debate about education is in the midst of a major pivot, of the kind that happens maybe once every quarter-century, from a conversation about how to increase enrollment to one about learning.
“Is learning the only result worth financing in education?” That was the question posed to me at a recent World Bank debate about results-based financing in education. The question is germane because the World Bank has a large program of results-based financing in health and a new modality of Program for Results lending operations, and it is negotiating a new trust fund for performance programs in education.
CGD is launching a new initiative on education reform in the developing world, involving some of the most exciting researchers in the field. We're tentatively calling it “Research on Improving Systems of Education,” aka RISE (get it?). New website and more details coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the first in a periodic series of education-related links that are worth checking out. Thanks to Amanda Beatty and Lee Crawfurd for helping curate the list.