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Managing for Learning
Measuring and Strengthening Education Management in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Melissa Adelman and Renata Lemos

Series:International Development in Focus
ISBN 9781464814631
Code: #211463

Publication year: 2021

Cdn: $58.00; US: $39.95
Paperback
Language: English
101 pages
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How can countries make sustainable gains in student learning at scale? This is a pressing question for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)—and the developing world more broadly—as countries seek to build human capital to drive sustainable growth. Significant progress in access has expanded coverage such that nearly all children in the region attend primary school, but many do not gain basic skills and drop out before completing secondary school. This is due in part to low-quality service delivery. The preponderance of evidence shows that it is learning—and not schooling in and of itself—that contributes to individual earnings, economic growth, and reduced inequality. For LAC in particular, low levels of human capital are a critical factor in explaining the region’s relatively weak growth performance over the last half century. The easily measurable inputs are well-known and the end goal is relatively clear, but raising student achievement at scale remains a challenge. Why?

This book proposes that part of the answer lies in management—the processes and practices that guide how inputs into the education system are translated into outputs, and ultimately, outcomes. While management (and related concepts, such as institutions, governance, or leadership) is often mentioned as an important factor in education policy discussions, relatively little quantitative research has been done to define and measure it. And even less has been done to unpack how and how much management matters for education quality.

The study elaborates on each of these messages, synthesizing recent data and research, and presenting the results of six new papers written to inform this report. The target audience for the Executive Summary is policymakers across LAC (and beyond) who seek approaches to strengthening their systems at scale. The target audience for the study overall includes researchers and technical advisors who work on topics related to education management in development organizations, governments, think tanks, and other institutions across LAC.
Managing for Learning
Cdn: $58.00; US: $39.95
World Bank BookID: 125275 Added: 2021.6.6