OECD teaching assessment policies: Approaching the experience in Mexican basic education


  • Yazmín Cuevas Cajiga Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
  • Tiburcio Moreno Olivos Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa.




International organizations, politics of education, education reform, teacher evaluation, elementary school


In the year 2008 Mexico signed with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) an agreement in order to improve the quality of basic education. The main purpose of this document was the implementation of eight strategic guidelines oriented to the assessment of teachers by means of accountability and teachers’ training. Responding to this agreement the Mexican government implemented a reform that integrated the assessment of teaching performance in basic education as a process by means of which could be regulated the entry into the profession, the abidance in it, the award of incentives and the promotion to leading staff. This article has as purpose, on one hand, to analyze to what extent the country and the educational reform that has been implemented, complies with the teaching assessment policies suggested by the OECD; on the other hand, it tries to identify the nuances that those policies experience in this reform. The need to trail the eight recommendations led to review documental sources and the analysis shows how the Mexican experience pays attention to actions oriented to assessment by means of accountability but does not take enough into account the problem of teachers’ training.


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Author Biographies

Yazmín Cuevas Cajiga, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-Facultad de Filosofía y Letras

Licenciada, Maestra y Doctora en Pedagogía por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Forma parte del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores de México. Es socia del Consejo Mexicano de Investigación Educativa y de la Asociación Francófona Internacional de Investigación Científica en Educación.  Actualmente dirige el proyecto La reforma educativa vista por sus actores: un estudio en representaciones sociales, con el apoyo del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. Sus líneas de investigación son: reforma educativa en educación básica, representaciones sociales y educación.

Tiburcio Moreno Olivos, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa.

Profesor Investigador Titular. División de Ciencias de la Comunicación y Diseño. Departamento de Tecnologías de la Información.



How to Cite

Cuevas Cajiga, Y., & Moreno Olivos, T. (2016). OECD teaching assessment policies: Approaching the experience in Mexican basic education. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 120. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.2283