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Improving Education in Mexico

A State-level Perspective from Puebla

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How can the state of Puebla improve its education system? Within an international perspective, this report analyses the major challenges facing the state’s education system, current policy initiatives, and innovative practices. It highlights that a long-term strategy, a stronger capacity to lead improvements and reforms in four main policy areas are keystones for educational improvement. With insights from top performing systems and those with a similar reform trajectory, it sets out strategies for action to make change happen.

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Strengthening schools and student learning in Puebla

Significant progress has been made in expanding access and raising student performance in basic education, greater attention is now being placed on students' performance and several recent initiatives could have an impact with further development and implementation. However, school failure remains a challenge: only three of four students who enter primary are expected to complete lower secondary education. Learning time is short, the curriculum lacks a local focus and is often narrowed down to tests, and assessment practices do not fully focus on improvement. Many schools operate under very challenging conditions, with scarce resources and weak support, particularly in the case of multi-grade schools.

To strengthen schools and student learning, this chapter looks into policies to:

  • Provide high-quality and supportive learning experiences, particularly in early years and multi-grade schools
  • Further develop and exploit the potential of early warning systems and the use of assessments for learning
  • Foster a more efficient distribution of resources
  • Restructure school supervision, support and evaluation systems

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