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14 December 2020
Nº 464

Latest news, research, and reports, on key markers of the Education 2030 Agenda, with a special focus on curriculum and related matters.

Published bi-weekly.

COVID-19 impact on education and learning


In-person schooling and COVID-19 transmission

International. UNICEF, November 2020

COVID-19: How universities can improve equity, access for online learners during a pandemic

International. Kitchener Today, 27 November

Who is going back to school? A four-country rapid survey in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan

International. Center for Global Development, 24 November

It's official: National test is postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

USA. Education Week, 25 November

Lessons for education from PISA for Development during the coronavirus crisis

International. OECD Education and Skills Today, 1 December

PP-VIII students would be promoted automatically: MoE

Bhutan. Kuensel, 30 November 

Don’t panic, parents assured as exams begin

Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Daily, 30 November

Back to the 1960s? Education may be Latin America’s most lasting scar from COVID-19

Latin America. Americas Quarterly, 3 December

Pandemic creates a ‘learning crisis’ in parallel to health emergency

International. Financial Times, 9 December

‘A lost generation’: Surge of research reveals students sliding backward, most vulnerable worst affected

USA. Washington Post, 6 December

Reports and publications

Learning during COVID-19: Initial findings on students’ reading and math achievement and growth

USA. NWEA, November 2020

Events and webinars

What have we learned from our response to COVID-19 and where to from here in  Latin America and the Caribbean region, 10 December (On-demand recording)

Latin America. UNESCO

Early childhood care and education (ECCE)


Lives of the under-fives strikingly different from a generation ago

United Kingdom. Nuffield Foundation, 26 November

Increase in head start funding 'a national priority'

USA. EurekAlert, 7 December

Reports and publications

Mother tongue and early childhood care and education: Synergies and challenges

International. UNESCO, 2020

Curriculum, learning, and assessment


Bangladesh NCTB for curtailing exams, textbooks

Bangladesh. NewAge Bangladesh, 24 November

Disinformation is rampant. Here's how teachers are combatting it

USA. Education Week, 25 November

A year without NAPLAN has given us a chance to re-evaluate how we gauge school quality

Australia. The Conversation, 1 December

DepEd reiterates commitment to address challenges of quality in basic education

Philippines. Manila Bulletin, 2 December

How are teachers’ working hours linked to wellbeing?

International. Education Data Lab, 25 November

Reform of the upper secondary exam is continuing success story for MoEYS

Cambodia. Phnom Pehn Post, 2 December

PEP exams for grade six students start Feb 23

Jamaica. Jamaica Observer, 9 December

Some NZ schools avoiding decline

New Zealand. NZ Herald, 8 December

World Bank: More inclusive and better investments in education to improve learning outcomes in Thailand

Thailand. Mirage, 9 December

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

UK. Department for Education, 8 December

Filipino pupils lagging in 3Rs, Southeast Asia tests show

Philippines. Philippine Daily Inquirer, 3 December

Inclusive, equitable and quality education


International Day for Persons with Disabilities: Mainstreaming the concerns of differently-abled in India’s digital education

India. Financial Express, 2 December

Inclusive education under Samagra Shiksha

India. Kashmir Images, 3 December

Far fewer recent high school graduates enrolled in college this fall: report

USA. Higher Ed Dive, 10 December

UNESCO marks 60th anniversary of the Convention against Discrimination in Education

International. Devdiscourse, 10 December

Group tasks government on disability challenges

Nigeria. The Guardian, 8 December

Reviewing professional development programs on inclusive teaching and learning

Asia-Pacific. ACER, 3 December

Call for proposals: Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Fellowship (Deadline: 11 January 2021)


Reports and publications

2020 Latin American and the Caribbean Report - Inclusion and Education: All Means All

Latin America. UNESCO, 2020

A new generation: 25 years of efforts for gender equality in education

International. UNESCO, 2020

Inclusion and education

International. UNESCO, 2020

Trajectories in symptoms of autism and cognitive ability in autism from childhood to adult life: Findings from a longitudinal epidemiological cohort

UK. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1 December

Events and webinars

Education to employment: Youth with disabilities and their needs post-COVID-19 3 December (On-demand recording)

International, UNESCO

Future of education, learning, and work


University leaders offer post-pandemic visions for HE

International. University World News, 20 November

Siemens, BMZ, and MSDE launch ‘IGnITE’ initiative for supporting high-quality training and technical education

India, Germany. India Education Diary, 5 December

Why we need centers for educational innovation, evaluation and research

USA. Inside HigherEd, 30 November

Amanda Spielman launches Ofsted's Annual Report 2019/20

UK. WiredGov, 2 December

‘Build the Future’ announced as theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

UK. Education and Skills Funding Agency, 1 December

National Education Policy: Why education must be anchored in quality and equity

India. Down to Earth, 2 December

Ramesh Pokhriyal, his UAE counterpart discuss bilateral cooperation in education sector

India, UAE. Times of India, 9 December

Competency-based education in China

China. FreshEd, 29 November

Reports and publications

New report urges universities to have zero carbon emissions by 2035 and to rethink knowledge and teaching practices for the era of climate change

International. Higher Education Policy Institute, 10 December

Report: Adaptive lifelong learning for an inclusive knowledge economy

USA. Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation, 2020

Science of learning


Cortex over reflex: Study traces circuits where executive control overcomes instinct

International. Science News, 30 November

Learning science, institutional change and ‘The Idea of the Brain’

USA, Inside HigherEd, 29 November

The results of IlluminatED provide tools to bridge the gap between neuroscience and education

International. Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, 30 November

Making connections: Psychologist explores the neuroscience of creativity

USA. Penn State News, 1 December

STEM education


Australia among top ten countries in maths and science: TIMSS

Australia. ACER, 8 December

NSF fellowship in quantitative and computational methods for STEM education research

USA. Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 November

Reports and publications

“If you aren’t White, Asian or Indian, you aren’t an engineer”: Racial microaggressions in STEM education

USA. International Journal of STEM Education, 14 September

Pupils can learn more effectively through stories than activities

UK. Science Daily, 7 December

Emerging technologies and education


VCs are pouring money into the wrong education startups

International. WIRED, 29 November

Why we should pay more attention to deep learning

International. JDSupra, 9 December

AI development promoting educational reform, innovation: TAL Education Group Chairman

China. PRNewswire, 8 December

Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education Policy Brief: With scholars open to continued online learning, universities and regulatory authorities must better address challenges

UAE. Zaywa, 7 December

Reports and publications

Boosting the digital transition through lifelong learning

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Association of Nordic Engineers, 2020

IBE-UNESCO publications and events

Events and webinars

International forum AI and the futures of education. Parallel session 1 – Curriculum and textbooks in the AI Era, 8 December (On-demand recording)

International. UNESCO

News articles

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