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Establishing a Framework for Evaluation and Teacher Incentives

Considerations for Mexico

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Countries with underperforming education systems are recognising that effective reform is vital. But what types of programmes are likely to be effective, and how can they be implemented given local norms and conditions? This report focuses on evaluation, assessment and teacher incentives and attempts to answer these important questions for Mexico and, by extension, other OECD member and partner countries.

A public policy framework for education reform is first presented, followed by specifics on evaluation systems, student assessment instruments, school value-added considerations, and teacher evaluation and incentive plans. Dozens of policy findings and recommendations follow each of the six core chapters, including six key policy dimensions of effective education reform and an 11-step plan for improving teacher evaluation and incentives.

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Executive Summary

Mexico, as the world’s 14th largest economy (2009), faces important challenges in education. Despite the significant progress of the past decades in terms of access to education, improvements in completion rates for lower education levels and development of learning assessments, considerable improvement is still needed. Mexico already invests a high percentage of the public budget in education (at nearly 22%, it is the highest among OECD countries). Results from the 2009 round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have shown that although improvement is possible in a relatively short period of time, important challenges remain. In addition to improving the quality of educational services, increasing attainment levels and reducing drop-out rates are also priorities. It is equally important, however, for Mexico to ensure that all students, including those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and indigenous families, have equal educational opportunities.

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