The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned this Tuesday that Mexico fell back in “learning achievements” in most of the areas evaluated in the Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (ERCE) 2019.
The results of this study reveal that Mexico fell back from the previous 2013 study. Even so, it continues to be one of the best performing countries in the region.
“Mexico obtained higher results than the regional average in the ERCE 2019 study tests in all the areas evaluated. However, it fell back in relation to the results achieved in the 2013 TERCE evaluation, “the agency detailed in a statement.
This, they said, with the exception of Reading in third grade, where there were no changes.
On the other hand, the study revealed gender differences in favor of girls and adolescents, who obtained better results in Reading and Science.
The study analyzed the performance of 160,000 third and sixth grade students from these 16 countries in the region. In Mexico, a total of 9,411 boys and girls participated in the study (4 thousand 587 from third grade and 4 thousand 824 from sixth grade).
The tests were carried out in 2019 and evaluated the curricular areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and in sixth grade the area of Sciences was also measured.
In third grade, in Reading, students obtained an average of 713 points compared to 697 in 2013. In addition, Mexico has a lower proportion of students in level I (there are four levels, I is the lowest result).
In sixth grade in the same area, students obtained 726 points, when the regional average is 696 points, and also presented a lower proportion of students in level I than the regional average, although with respect to 2013 an increase was observed In this sector.
In Mathematics, in third grade the children reached 722 points, a score higher than the regional average (698 points), but with respect to 2013 the proportion of students in level I increased.
In sixth grade in Mathematics, the students obtained 758 points, higher than the regional average (696 points) and the variation with respect to 2020 there were no great changes.
In science in sixth grade, students obtained 726, more than the rest of the region, and there were no great variations with respect to 2013.
Regarding the differences between boys and girls, Mexico presented significant gaps in favor of girls in Reading and Science -in sixth and third-, something that also happened in the rest of the region.
The coordinator of the LLECE Laboratory (Latin American Laboratory for the Evaluation of the Quality of Education), Carlos Henríquez, said that “In light of the results of the ERCE 2019 study, Mexico has the urgent challenge of implementing a development plan for the education system and strengthen the institutional framework
In addition, he added, the country must recognize the importance of “gender equality and cultural diversity and promote educational opportunities so that each and every student has the fundamental learning for their development.”
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