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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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Improving School Effectiveness in Mexico: The Role of Leadership, Management and Social Participation

This chapter focuses on how changes in the way schools are led and managed in Mexico could improve their effectiveness. Research evidence shows that the quality of school leadership is fundamental in raising the attainment of students. But instructional leadership is not a prominent feature of Mexican schools. Directors do not have appropriate training, development and incentives to focus on improving the quality of instruction and schools’ results, and on strengthening the school’s links to the community.

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