March 16, 2015. The Latin American Congress on Measurement and Assessment in Education (COLMEE) was held at the Mexican Capital from 12 to 14 March. The Congress takes place every two years. At the meeting professionals from the different education related fields can deepen their knowledge in assessment and discuss experiences and findings from the different countries of the Region.
In a panel about TERCE 2013, the Regional Bureau for Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) gave details at COLMEE about the process and comparative results of this study. There was a wide discussion of Latin American and Caribbean specialists and decision makers about the region advances in learning achievements.
The second Latin American Congress on Measurement and Assessment in Education (COLMEE), sponsored by OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, is one of the most important events about educational assessment in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 17 institutions and organizations of the Region took part in the 2015 edition.
The Congress was organized by the Mexican “National Institute for Educational Assessment”. The event hosts yearly exchange of knowledge and experiences about some aspects and challenges, on the conceptual, technical and public policy areas. They are all involved in the development of teachers and headmasters’ assessment systems in Latin America, as well as in the use and effects of those systems.
Disseminating the results of TERCE Study
OREALC/UNESCO Santiago took part in the special presentation of the “Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE)”, of the Latin American Laboratory of Education Quality Assessment “LLECE”, processes and results compared with the 2006 study. Did the Region had any advance in learning achievements from 2006? The presentation gave detailed information about this survey. The Panel was made of Jorge Manzi from the MIDE UC Measurement Centre; Gina Garcés national coordinator for Panamá of LLECE, and, Carlos Henríquez, executive secretary of the Quality Educational Agency of Chile. OREALC/UNESCO Santiago monitoring and assessment specialist and LLECE technical coordinator Moritz Bilagher chaired the Panel.
For UNESCO, COLMEE provides an important exchange platform, where information about the TERCE Study can be given. First results of TERCE were delivered last December in Brazil. TERCE will keep providing, as of April 2015, new information, especially about learning related factors with consequences for pupils learning.
Moritz Bilagher, UNESCO specialist, put forwards the joint work by the 15 participating countries participating in TERCE, plus the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon and why he attended the event in Mexico. “TERCE is a very good example of regional collaboration in educational assessment matters. Its results have great potential to inform public policies and education improvement practices. In this issue, COLMEE mission is very close to ours that is why we share some of the main results.