The Benefits of Education (News and Research 76)

The school-first solution | A top economist games out how to spend education money for health payoffs  Americans spend $5,000 more per year on medical care than people in other rich countries, yet live shorter and less healthy lives. Most efforts devoted to addressing health involve the medical system: covering more people, changing the flow … Continue reading The Benefits of Education (News and Research 76)

East Asia is getting ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (News and Research 72)

Powered by education, East Asia is getting ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Recent trends in automation and rapid technology advances, collectively dubbed ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution (“4IR”), are radically shifting the economic landscape, and changing the nature of jobs and the profile of skills required in the labor force.  There are challenges emerging around … Continue reading East Asia is getting ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (News and Research 72)

International Tests in Reading Put East Asian and European Students On Top (originally published on HuffPost)

Yesterday the latest results of the international assessment of reading for fourth graders was released. This time 50 countries participated in PIRLS 2016. Top performers were Russia and Singapore. High performers also included Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Northern Ireland, England, Chinese Taipei, Norway and Latvia. Since 2001, big improvements in reading have been recorded … Continue reading International Tests in Reading Put East Asian and European Students On Top (originally published on HuffPost)

School Grants and School Policy (News and Research 66)

Introducing a Performance-Based School Grant in Jakarta  What Do We Know about Its Impact after Two Years?  Samer Al-Samarrai, Unika Shrestha, Amer Hasan, Nozomi Nakajima, Santoso Santoso, Wisnu Harto Adi Wijoy  This paper evaluates the early impact of introducing a performance component into Jakarta’s school grant program on learning outcomes. Using administrative data, it applies difference-in-differences and … Continue reading School Grants and School Policy (News and Research 66)

Investing in Education (News and Research 63)

Investing in Early Childhood Education for Cambodia's Future Success While the net enrollment rate in primary education increased to about 98% in 2015, nationwide enrollment rate for children 3-5 years old was just 41% in 2016. Through the Early Child Education (ECE) project, 100 formal schools and community-based preschools have opened to benefit more than … Continue reading Investing in Education (News and Research 63)

Early Childhood Conference (News and Research 61)

Tonga at Pacific Early Childhood Conference  Addressing a way forward for early childhood education was the focus of the first Pacific Early Childhood Development Conference held on September 19-21 on Denarau Island, Nadi... Vicky Colbert, Laureate of the Yidan Prize for Educational Development Vicky Colbert, Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva Volvamos a la Gente (FEN), was … Continue reading Early Childhood Conference (News and Research 61)

Investing in Teachers (News and Research 60)

Investing in Teachers Crucial to Improve Education in Indonesia: World Bank  The World Bank's senior director of education, Jaime Saavedra, said on Thursday (14/09) that Indonesia needs to reform and invest in the teaching profession for classroom learning to be more effective and the quality of education in the country to improve. "Teachers are still … Continue reading Investing in Teachers (News and Research 60)