Book Launch: How Shanghai Does It

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Room JB1-075 | World Bank J building | 701 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C.



Amit Dar, Director, Strategy and Operations, Human Development, World Bank Group


Xiaoyan Liang, Senior Education Specialist and Lead Author, World Bank Group

Marc Tucker, President and CEO, National Center on Education and the Economy

Harry Patrinos, Education Practice Manager, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank Group




“This book shows how close alignment between intended, implemented and achieved policies has been key to success.   It is a must-read for education policy makers” – Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD


“A must-read for Ministers of Education in countries scoring low on PISA.” – George Psacharopoulos, Adjunct professor, Georgetown University


“This book is an indispensable resource for anyone wishing to understand Shanghai’s educational success, which has been in the spotlight since 2009, when Shanghai first took part in PSA.” – Reyes Tamez Guerra, former Secretary of Education, Mexico


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Background:   Shanghai’s education system attracted global attention after the release of the 2009 and 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results showing that, among the 65 participating economies, the city’s 15-year-olds ranked first in reading, mathematics, and science. The newly released “How Shanghai Does It” report looks at Shanghai’s stellar performance on international tests of student learning and its links to a strong education system. The report explains that Shanghai’s policies and investments have created a highly professional teacher workforce, established clear learning standards and regular student assessments, and struck a balance between autonomy and accountability in school management. Join us for a conversation about Shanghai’s policies and practices in education and the potential lessons for other countries.


About the speakers:

Amit Dar is the Director of Strategy and Operations in the Human Development Practice at the World Bank Group. An economist by training, Amit has worked extensively on education, labor markets, skills development, and social protection, as well as results-based financing.  He has held various positions in South Asia and in the Social Protection Anchor Unit, his most recent assignment being Director of the Education Global Practice.  Amit holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University.

Xiaoyan Liang is a Senior Education Specialist and the World Bank’s, Education Team Leader for China, Malaysia, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea. Dr. Liang joined the World Bank as a Young Professional almost two decades ago, after graduating from Harvard University with a doctor of education degree. Since then, she has led policy analysis and dialogue and managed education programs in African, Latin American, and East Asian countries. Dr. Liang is passionate about development through education and has solid education policy and program expertise in wide-ranging areas, including early childhood education, technical and vocational education and skills development, higher education and science and technology, education finance, and teacher education.

Marc Tucker has been a leader of the standards-driven education reform movement for many years. Mr. Tucker created New Standards, a 23-state consortium designed to develop internationally benchmarked student performance standards and matching student examinations. He authored the 1986 Carnegie Report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century, which called for a restructuring of America’s schools based on standards; created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce and co-authored its report, America’s Choice: high skills or low wages!, which called for a new high school leaving a certificate based on standards; and, was instrumental in creating the National Skill Standards Board and served as the chairman of its committee on standards and assessment policy.

Harry Anthony Patrinos is a Manager at the World Bank’s education sector. He specializes in all areas of education, especially school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, as well as a regional research project on the socioeconomic status of Latin America’s Indigenous Peoples, published as Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). He is one of the main authors of the report, Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy (World Bank, 2003). Mr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 40 journal articles. He is co-author of the books: Policy Analysis of Child Labor: A Comparative Study (St. Martin’s, 1999), Decentralization of Education: Demand-Side Financing (World Bank, 1997), and Indigenous People and Poverty in Latin America: An Empirical Analysis with George Psacharopoulos (World Bank/Ashgate, 1994).


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