Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean

Produced by: 
The World Bank
Available from: 
July 2014
Paper author(s): 
Barbara Bruns
Javier Luque
Topic: 
Education - Health
Year: 
2014

Over 7 million teachers file into classrooms across Latin America and the Caribbean each day. These women and men represent 4 percent of the region's overall labor force and over 20 percent of its technical and professional workers. Their salaries absorb close to 4 percent of the region's GDP. Their working conditions vary widely - from mud-walled, one-room rural schools to world-class facilities - but Latin America's teachers share one important commonality: they are increasingly recognized as the critical actors in the region's efforts to improve education and results.

This study aims to:

  • Benchmark the current performance of LAC's teachers and identify key issues
  • Share emerging evidence on important reforms of teacher policy being implemented in LAC countries
  • Analyze the political "room for maneuver" for further reform in LAC

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