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PREAL's blog features expert analysis of cutting edge research and current events related to education policy in Latin America.

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The Dialogue’s Education Program (PREAL) seeks to improve the quality and equity of education in Latin America. It does so by partnering with public and private organizations throughout the hemisphere to identify policy options, promote informed debate on education policy, and monitor progress toward improvement.


Ariel Fiszbein Program Director
Jeffrey Puryear Senior Fellow
Federico Sucre Program Assistant
Belén Cumsille Intern


A new initiative by PREAL/Inter-American Dialogue, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank, seeks to strengthen teaching and learning in Central America and the Dominican Republic by promoting better teacher policy... Read More


The Legal Battle Over Teacher Tenure
By Jeffrey Puryear
, PREAL Blog, September 2, 2014.
(Lea en español)

A Little Les Evaluation, A Little More Feedback, Please...
By Alejandro Ganimian
, PREAL Blog, August 26, 2014.
(Lea en español)

The Paradox of Education in Chile
By A. Fiszbein and E. Vegas
, PREAL Blog, August 19, 2014.
(Lea en español)

How Lack of Skills Can Derail Mexico's Energy Reform
By Jason Fargo
, PREAL Blog, August 12, 2014.
(Lea en español)

Ideas for Improving Secondary Education and Employability of Young People in Mexico
By Federico Sucre
- Interview with Monica Tapia-Alvarez, PREAL Blog, August 5, 2014.
(Lea en español)

Education Reform in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities
By Federico Sucre
, PREAL Blog, July 15, 2014.
(Lea en español)


Policy Brief: Managing Classroom Dynamics to Support Learning by Tamara Ortega-Goodspeed, July 24, 2014
(Lea en español)

Policy Brief: Can Evaluating Teachers Improve Effectiveness? by Tamara Ortega-Goodspeed and T'Nia Crutchfield, June 11, 2014
(Lea en español)

What Can Latin America Learn From Rigorous Impact Evaluations of Education Policies? by Richard J. Murnane and Alejandro J. Ganimian, May 27, 2014

Policy Brief: What Do Great Teachers Do? The Techniques that Separate Great Teachers from Average Teachers by Jeffrey Puryear, May 2, 2014

PREAL Publications: Developing the Teaching Profession in Central America by PREAL, December 20, 2013

Developing the Teaching Profession in Central America by PREAL, December 20, 2013

Fourteen Lessons for Improving Learning by Jeffrey Puryear and Tamara Ortega Goodspeed, June 12, 2013

Working Paper #65. Educación tras dos décadas de cambio by Marcela Gajardo, December 2012

Working Paper #64. Empresas, fundaciones empresariales y educación en América Latina by Guillermo Carvajalino Sánchez and Istar Jimena Gómez Pereira, September 2012


PREAL Publicaciones: Report Card on Education in Nicaragua, 2014 (Lea en español) February 26, 2014

PREAL Publicaciones: Policy Audit on the Dominican Republic (Lea en español) June 27, 2013

Decentralización para una Calidad Educativa: Una Tarea Pendiente June 2013

Equity is the Challenge: PREAL Launches First Education Report Card in Paraguay (Lea en español) May 7, 2013

PREAL Publicaciones: Policy Audit on Chile’s Preferential School Subsidies Program (Lea en español) March 15. 2013

First Report Card in Jamaica: Prisms of Possibility (Lea en español) January 21, 2013

La Subvención Escolar Preferencial en Chile: Mirada a su primera fase de funcionamiento January 2013

El reto es la calidad. República Dominicana 2010 November 9, 2011

Informe de Progreso Educativo, Honduras 2010 March 31, 2011

Overcoming Inertia?: A Report Card on Education in Brazil, 2009 August 5, 2010


Education Reform in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities summary by Federico Sucre, June 24, 2014

Beyond Contributory Pensions summary by Jennifer Mellett, March 13, 2014

Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Americas summary by T'Nia Crutchfield, March 13, 2014

Educación de calidad para todos: Una agenda prioritaria presentation by Ariel Fiszbein, March 11, 2014

Lanzamiento oficial Informe de Progreso Educativo Nicaragua 2014 Nicaragua Report Card Launch, February 26, 2014

Report Card on Education in Nicaragua, 2014 Interview with Ariel Fiszbein, February 24, 2014

Presentan Informe Avances educativos 2014 interview with Ariel Fiszbein, February 20, 2014

What is the State of Education in Latin America? Q&A with Ariel Fiszbein, January 10, 2014

Will a New Development Accord Succeed in Guatemala? Q&A with Jeffrey Puryear, November 6, 2013

Will Teachers' Resistance Derail Mexico's Education Reforms? Q&A with Jeffrey Puryear, September 10, 2013

Education Reform in Antioquia, Colombia: A Conversation with Governor Sergio Fajardo summary by Carolina Espinel, February 26, 2013