READ, Reading and PISA (News and Research 176)


READ – Russia’s Initiative to Improve Learning Outcomes is More Relevant than Ever

In 2008, the Russian Federation initiated the Russia Education Aid for Development (READ) program, one of the first partnerships between the country and the World Bank, with a view to helping improve learning outcomes around the world through better measurement of student learning. A decade later, the READ program is more relevant than ever…

PISA 2018: Rich countries fail to impress; progress in some middle-income countries is apparent


In the early morning hours of December 3, the OECD’s PISA 2018 results came pouring in. A record number of 79 countries participated, with the East Asian powerhouses topping the lists. But the headlines lamented the lack of progress, especially in high-income countries. In most of the middle-income countries, predominantly from Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the word “stagnation” was the more common.  But there was some rejoicing in the superior performance of several countries, namely EstoniaIreland and Sweden. First time participants in PISA such as Belarus and Ukraine did relatively well, but certainly not all – for example, the Philippines

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