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Improving Schools

Strategies for Action in Mexico

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This report develops comparative knowledge for reforms in teacher and school management policies in the context of an OECD member country: Mexico. Mexico’s education outcomes can be improved by enhancing the effectiveness of its schools. The standards gap between the performance of students in Mexico and other OECD countries can only be reduced if schools become good at what they do. This report looks at key issues and challenges faced by the Mexican education system and provides policy recommendations on school management, leadership and teacher policies. These recommendations have been developed by considering the outcomes, quality and standards of education and schools in Mexico in terms of what is known internationally about effective schools, and by adapting this knowledge to the Mexican context.

The report has two audiences: It aims to support the Mexican government and key actors in the education system to develop long-term vision and policy in the areas of school management, school leadership, social participation, selection and recruitment of teachers, teacher education, professional development, and evaluation policies in Mexico. At the same time, it provides valuable knowledge in education policy development and implementation useful for other OECD member and partner countries that are in the process of reforming their education systems.

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Foreword

Education is fundamental to the future of any country, to provide equal opportunities for our citizens and to the well-being of our societies as a whole. Better and more diversified skills contribute to strengthening economic growth, development and social cohesion. Thus, it is of central importance for governments to look for the right mix of policies to improve the quality and equity of their public education systems. This report proposes an education reform strategy for Mexico based on comparative analysis of the key policy levers for successful schools and school systems that can also be used to support policy development across OECD and partner countries.

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