Comparative international models of factors associated with TERCE
The third and most recent Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (or TERCE for its acronym in Spanish) conducted by UNESCO in 15 Latin American countries measures the learning of 3rd and 6th grade students in mathematics, science and Spanish. This study developed a hierarchical linear regression model to interpret the effect on test results of the principal associated factors measured through the series of questionnaires administered to teachers, school directors, parents and students that accompany the tests.
The results of this study allow for a comparative analysis between countries of the region and relevant findings for Panama were publicized at the national level for the purpose of informing public policy and school administration for improved primary education quality, prioritizing possible interventions considering potential impact, and establishing baselines for intervention evaluation. The study was conducted in collaboration with an international research team with the objective of developing local capacity for future projects.