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The overarching purpose of the present study, commissioned by UNESCO‘s Institute for Statistics, is to compile, analyze and describe commonalities and differences in the intended primary curriculum in reading and mathematics across a diverse set of developing countries.

The specific activities to be carried out include the following: Compile materials on the intended reading and mathematics curriculum in the final grades of primary education from a significant number of developing countries (around 25-30), and ensure adequate coverage by region and language (i.e., at least in English, Arabic, Spanish and French); Develop and validate a coding scheme to systematically record, retrieve and compare the intended reading and mathematics curriculum in different primary education systems; Discuss an interim set of products emerging from the aforementioned project activities, including the coding scheme, with the IWG through electronic means and IWG meetings; Complete all compilation activities and cross-national analyses of the intended reading and mathematics curriculum and submit a draft report for review by the IWG and UNESCO colleagues. Submit a final report with the study‘s main findings.


Benavot, Aaron
Research Reports
International Working Group on Assessing and Improving Quality Learning