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Professional development and incentives for teacher performance in schools in Mexico

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  • Acevedo, Gladys Lopez
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    The quality of education is a determining factor in competitiveness. In order to globally compete, Mexico would have to raise its standards beyond its current low achievement. Several innovations at federal and state levels have been developed to raise the quality of basic education. One example is Carrera Magisterial (CM), which is a professional development program that was created as part of the National Agreement for the Modernization of Basic Education in 1992. This program is aimed at raising the quality of basic education through teachers'professional training, new learning presence in schools, and improving working and salary conditions this report evaluates the impact of CM. She shows several important results. First, teacher's enrollment in the CM program has a positive impact on learning achievement. Second, family characteristics are important in explaining students'achievement. Third, investment in primary school teachers is most effective when targeted toward increasing teachers'practical experience and developing content-specific knowledge. And fourth, students in schools with a high degree of supervision on the part of the school principal achieve better scores.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3236.

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    Date of creation: 04 Mar 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3236

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    Keywords: Girls'Education; Primary Education; Gender and Education; Teaching and Learning; Educational Sciences; Teaching and Learning; Gender and Education; Primary Education; Girls Education; Health Monitoring&Evaluation;

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    1. Flyer, Fredrick & Rosen, Sherwin, 1997. "The New Economics of Teachers and Education," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 15(1), pages S104-39, January.
    2. Figlio, David N., 1997. "Teacher salaries and teacher quality," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 267-271, August.
    3. Psacharopoulos, George & Valenzuela, Jorge & Arends, Mary, 1996. "Teacher salaries in Latin America: A review," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(4), pages 401-406, October.
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    1. Ludger Wossmann, 2010. "Families, schools and primary-school learning: evidence for Argentina and Colombia in an international perspective," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(21), pages 2645-2665.

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