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Education System Reform

Examining the Role of International Achievement Tests in Education Policy Reform

Type: Research
Author(s): Bernbaum, Moore
Year of Publishing: 2012
Keywords: achievement, tests, education reform, student learning
This education policy paper was undertaken to identify, both for ‘developing’ countries and donors who support education in these countries, best practices in education policy reform that are believed to contribute to improvements in student learning outcomes with a focus on increasing equity in performance among student populations. This paper uses as a point of departure five country cases where student learning, as measured by scores on one or more international achievement tests, has increased over time.

The Power of Persistence: Education System Reform and Aid Effectiveness

Type: Research
Author(s): Gillies
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: The Power of Persistence: Education System Reform and Aid Effectiveness, education system reform, aid effectiveness
This study explores the central concepts of aid effectiveness in education, reviews the introduction of education reforms in five countries over a 20-year period, draws on common patterns across the five countries, explores the process of reform, and discusses implications for national planning and donor engagement in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Comment

What Works in Expanding School Participation

Type: Research
Author(s): Dusen
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: Education growth, enrollment, completion, education expansion, participation
The paper identifies some of the key government policies responsible for the rapid expansion in primary enrollment and completion prior to 2005, and explores the likelihood of continued expansion and the implications of expansion for individuals and the countries as a whole. Comment

Does Decentralization Impact Education Quality?

Type: Research
Author(s): Winkler, Yeo
Year of Publishing: 2007
Keywords: Does Decentralization Impact Education Quality?, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Argentina
Education systems around the developing world are being decentralized. Decision making powers and responsibilities are being transferred from central government education ministries to local governments and schools. This brief explores how decentralization affects the quality of schooling. Comment

Does Stakeholder Collaboration Improve Education Quality?

Type: Research
Author(s): Kendall
Year of Publishing: 2006
Keywords: Does Stakeholder Collaboration Improve Education Quality?, education system reform, education quality
Policymakers, donors, and project implementers must ensure that education quality improvement efforts are perceived as successful by a wide variety of international, national, and local stakeholders. They face this challenge of defining success from diverse perspectives while maintaining control over resources and meeting demands for measurable, sustainable outcomes. Comment

From Policy to Practice: The Teacher's Role in Policy Implementation in Namibia

Type: Research
Author(s): LeCzel, Gillies
Year of Publishing: 2006
Keywords: From Policy to Practice: The Teacher's Role in Policy Implementation in Namibia, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Namibia
Traditional top-down teacher training methods in new pedagogical approaches have proven ineffective at moving reform from rhetoric to classroom practice. Namibia’s Ministry of Education has implemented a strategy of decentralized, bottom-up teacher development. The experience in Namibia provides lessons that can be applied elsewhere for effective, decentralized teacher development. Comment

Stakeholder Collaboration: An Imperative for Education Quality

Type: Research
Author(s): Jon Herstein
Year of Publishing: 2006
Keywords: Stakeholder Collaboration: An Imperative for Education Quality, education system reform, education quality
This paper takes an updated look at the Education Reform Support series and attemptsto consolidate many of its theories, frameworks,and operational guidelines. This paper starts with the more general and theoretical considerations, and then moves to the more operational and concrete issues. Comment

Education Reform Support Today

Type: Research
Author(s): DeStefano, Crouch
Year of Publishing: 2006
Keywords: Education Reform Support Today, education system reform
This paper takes an updated look at the Education Reform Support series and attemptsto consolidate many of its theories, frameworks,and operational guidelines. This paper starts with the more general and theoretical considerations, and then moves to the more operational and concrete issues. Comment

Why Gender Equity in Education Reform?

Type: Research
Author(s): Kendall
Year of Publishing: 2006
Keywords: Why Gender Equity in Education Reform?, the impact of education across sectors, gender equity
A review of education reform programming finds that female-focused and top-down efforts are only marginally effective. A shift to bottom-up, participatory policymaking, monitoring, and evaluation practices helps assure that gender and education activities are informed by and are responsive to complex social, cultural, political, and economic conditions. Comment