Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Normally, you primarily see slides from us, with data. But at the end of the year, why not show you who makes all the research happen? So here, that is all of us (well, almost) across our three offices, and including some people who were with us until recently. Or who thought they were gone, and now find themselves back!
This is a Thank You from me to all of them. For doing great stuff and for being wonderful to work with.
To our readers out there, this also is an invitation to join our training events, or stop by and let us know about your research. Happy holidays!
Posted by HansG at 11:53 AM
Friday, December 10, 2010
Access the full report here, and provide us with your thoughts and comments.
By Yuliya Aliyeva Gureyeva, Baku
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Every three years, a range of countries take part in the educational PISA tests, an assessment of the competencies of 15-year olds. The tests are organized by the OECD, and have led to soul-searching and vigorous educational reforms in various countries. In the 2009 round, 34 OECD countries and 41 partner countries took part.
Among the partner countries in 2009 is Azerbaijan. The news is dramatically bad. Azerbaijan ranked 74 out of 75 participating countries, coming in above Kyrgyzstan. Ahead of Azerbaijan are countries such as Jordan, Peru, Tunisia, Colombia, Thailand. It is not just a legacy of socialism: Russia is far ahead, just under Turkey and Lithuania, and not even far from Austria.The full table is here.
It would be interesting to find out more about the variation within Azerbaijan. There must be schools that are doing better. What can one learn from them? If this issue remains unaddressed, Azerbaijan's next generation will have little to show for all the oil wealth the country received.