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Transitions to K–12 Education Systems: Experiences from Five Case Countries

Publication | December 2015
Transitions to K–12 Education Systems: Experiences from Five Case Countries

Preparing and implementing a K–12 transition absorbs considerable financial and human resources. It follows that the reasons for restructuring must be compelling.

With more than 140 countries currently offering or in transition to a kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) school education system, this desk study explored the experiences of four countries—Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, and Turkey—and one Canadian province, Ontario, in preparing and implementing K–12 systems.

Lessons learned from the five diverse jurisdictions are 

  • align the education system with macro policies,
  • view transition to K–12 as part of a package of reforms,
  • prioritize improving student learning,
  • consider teacher development as critical,
  • avoid high-stakes examinations, and
  • focus on higher order curriculum and assessments. 

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Key Features of Each Case’s Transition
  • Lessons Learned and Refections