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Experts Cite Examples That Show It’s Possible

“China and the Slovak Republic get the most talented teachers into the most challenging schools” by telling teachers, “If you want to advance your career, you need to go to an underperforming school.”

Andreas Schleicher Director for education and skills at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

“This shows we can address the issue, though in many countries schools in affluent areas just exaggerate the difference,” said Schleicher, who spoke on a panel called “Equity and Resources in Education” during the Education World Forum 2022.

“China and the Slovak Republic get the most talented teachers into the most challenging schools,” he said. “Then they can have it in their career record that they turned round an underperforming school.”

Throwing additional money at underperforming schools usually did not achieve results, Schleicher said. What made a difference was telling good teachers, “If you want to advance your career, you need to go to an underperforming school.”

Results-Based Financing

On the same panel, Amel Karboul, chief executive officer of the Education Outcomes Fund, an independent trust fund hosted by Unicef, discussed what her organization had been doing in the same field.

Karboul, a former minister of tourism in Tunisia, said the fund asked donors to support projects on the basis of results achieved.

She said two-thirds of labor market programs for students did not lead to a job. When her fund proposed a results-based investment program, people said, “Why would an organization wait three, four or seven years to see if they can get their investment back?” But they agreed, she said.

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