International large-scale learning assessments: benefits and risks

20 November 2019


A group of Laotian high school girls across a suspension footbridge over the Nam Song River, in North Lao PDR.


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A growing number of countries are taking part in International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs). What are the political, economic, technical, and socio-cultural reasons that motivate them? What is the role of international organizations involved in their development and the private sector, which can lobby for ILSAs? Recognising the interests of a diverse set of actors involved with ILSAs is key to understanding their uses, costs and benefits, and how they may evolve.

Join us on 2 December 2019 for our next Strategic Debate with Camilla Addey, a Marie Curie Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She will draw from research conducted mainly in lower- and middle-income countries, including Mongolia, Lao PDR, Paraguay, and Ecuador.

Noah Webster Sobe, Senior Project officer for Education Research and Foresight at UNESCO, will join as the Discussant, and Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP-UNESCO, will moderate the debate. 


When: Monday, 2 December 2019

4pm – 6pm (CET) followed by a cocktail

Where: IIEP-UNESCO auditorium

7-9 rue Eugene Delacroix, 75116 Paris

This event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.

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One in five children between the ages of 6 and 17 is out of school, according to estimates from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. In low-income countries, the figure rises to one in three. Furthermore, many of those who are in school are failing to learn the basics, with as many as 6 in 10 children of primary and lower secondary age not achieving minimum proficiency levels in mathematics and reading. What will it take to remove all barriers and finally get all children and youth learning? What kinds of collaboration, innovation, and evidenced-based planning and policy-making can finally open the door to equal opportunity in education for all?

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