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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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Mexico Responds to Education Challenges

To address persisting challenges in education, the Mexican government established clear policy priorities for education reforms in its Education Sector Programme 2007-12 (SEP, 2007). To monitor progress towards achieving objectives, the Programme established improvement indicators for student achievement as measured by the national ENLACE assessment and PISA (SEP, 2007). Other key indicators relate to the professional development of teachers, school empowerment, equity in educational opportunities, and reforms relating to content and curriculum. As an indication of its commitment to reform processes, the Mexican government established in 2008 the Alliance for the Quality of Education (Alianza por la Calidad de la Educación) with the national teachers’ union, which helped define the focus of the Co-operation Agreement with the OECD (SEP, 2008). The purpose of the Agreement was to determine not only what policy changes were required in Mexico, but also how to design and implement policy reforms effectively, given local conditions, constraints and opportunities.

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