The Netherlands: Top-Performing School System Looking to Get Better  We got interested in the Netherlands when the first results came out for the 1995 administration of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), the largest international comparative study of student achievement done up to that date. The Netherlands and Flemish Belgium were among the top European performers in the TIMSS league tables for mathematics.  We went to see how they did it.  The answer in both places seemed to be the same.  Despite some important differences between the two systems, what they had in common was a powerful math curriculum called Realistic Mathematics.  This curriculum, the work of Hans Freudenthal, a retired professor of mathematics at Utrecht University, was widely implemented in both countries…


Kiribati Pre-School  The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce a new initiative starting on March 15th. To gain a better understanding of early childhood development in Kiribati, a survey will be conducted to collect data about all children ages 3 to 5 years old, whether attending preschool or not attending preschool…

Are all early childhood education experiences equally cost-effective?  The wide range of opportunities for early childhood education means children can often have very different education experiences on their way to primary school. International evidence shows that investing in high-quality early childhood programs can have large economic returns, especially for children from socially disadvantaged groups. In response, developing countries are looking to increase public investments in the early years, especially in early education programs. As they do so, one of the challenges policymakers face is deciding what to fund. After all, there are a wide range of opportunities for early childhood education that already exist in local settings such as playgroups and kindergartens. As a result, different children can often have very different early childhood education experiences on their way to primary school.

World Renowned Experts Address A Global Audience  The global education and skills forum 2017 closed after two days of discussing how to build and share education solutions at scale. Influential education thinkers and leaders shared their experience and thoughts through dynamic discussions and debates addressing the conference theme: how do we make real global citizens? Throughout the conference, attendees heard from the public, private and social sectors to discuss providing quality education for every child…

An Enduring Commitment Transforming Education: Getting Public Private Partnerships Right  Transforming Education: Getting Public Private Partnerships (ePPPs) Right, a publication by The Education Partners, explores a fundamental change in our approach to education. We know that investing in education creates benefits beyond the classroom by positively impacting society and the economy. To realize these benefits, we must bring many stakeholders together through ePPPs to mobilize resources, realize efficiencies, and share in the risks and the rewards…

Malala designated as new UN peace messenger and will promote girls’ education

The Impact of an Accountability Intervention with Diagnostic Feedback: Evidence from Mexico

Social and Emotional Learning: one pioneering way rural China is bridging the education gap

Dropping Out of Rural China’s Secondary Schools: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

Vietnam: 21st Century Skills For All: UNICEF and Pearson Launch Educational Partnership for Children

Interview: “Inclusive education will improve the quality of education,” with Kazuo Kuroda, JICA-RI

Is Pre-Kindergarten an Educational Panacea? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Scaled-Up Pre-Kindergarten in the United States

The Private Schooling Phenomenon in India

External efficiency of the education system is important for FDI inflows

Medium & Long-Term Educational Consequences of Alternative Conditional Cash Transfer Designs: Evidence from Colombia

Building tax systems to foster better skills

Underinvestment in education research in the USA

What Would Happen If Learning in School Became More Like Working at a Startup?

Asian Development Outlook 2017: Transcending the Middle-Income Challenge