ERCE 2019 Fact Sheet

Long title
Estudio Regional Comparativo y Explicativo
Frequency of data collection
Previous cycles
1997, 2006, 2013
  • 2016: general design, work plan
  • 2017: curriculum analysis and instrument development
  • 2018: framework development for associated factors, questionnaire development, software development; language adaptations, sampling design, field test
  • 2019-2020: data collection and analysis
  • 2021: release of results and publication of report
  • Contribute to an informed public debate on inclusive quality education and in support of the right to education.
  • Identify learning achievements and the factors associated with learning.
  • Input this information into the decision making, design, and development of educational policies and practices.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of 2030 Agenda.
Research questions
  • What is the general level of academic performance of students in elementary school in the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and natural sciences in the participating countries?
  • What is the relationship between academic performance and other variables (associated factors), linked to students and their families, to teachers and classrooms, and to schools and their management?
Assessment domain(s)
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Natural sciences
  • Writing
  • Socio-emotional skills
Study framework (summary)


  • Content domains
    • Reading comprehension
    • Metalinguistic and theoretical aspects
  • Cognitive domains
    • Literal comprehension
    • Inferential comprehension
    • Critical understanding



  • Content domains
    • Numeracy
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Statistics
  • Variation Cognitive Domains
    • Recognition of objects and elements
    • Solving simple problems
    • Solving complex problems


Natural Sciences

  • Content Domains
    • Health
    • Living beings
    • Environment
    • Earth and the solar system
    • Matter and energy
  • Cognitive Domains
    • Recognition of information and concepts
    • Comprehension and application of such concepts
    • Scientific thinking and problem-solving



  • Content Domains
    • Discursive proficiency
    • Textual proficiency
    • Conventions of legibility


Socio-emotional skills (grade 6 only)

  • Empathy
  • Openness to diversity
  • School self-regulation


Contextual Framework

  • Students and their families
  • Teachers and teaching
  • Schools
Participating entities


Overall: 16 countries



Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Uruguay

Target population and sample (summary)

Target population (students)

Students in the third and sixth grades in the participating entities.


Sample (across all countries)

  • More than 160,000 students in each grade (third and sixth)
  • More than 4,000 schools
  • More than 3,800 third-grade classrooms
  • More than 3,700 sixth-grade classrooms
Data collection techniques and instruments (summary)

Instruments administered to students

  • Cognitive test
  • Questionnaires


Instruments administered to parents

  • Questionnaire


Instruments administered to teachers and schools

  • Questionnaire for teachers
  • Questionnaire for principals
Study director(s)
Study website(s)

Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean


Enrique Delpiano 2058 

Providencia, Santiago de Chile

CP 7511019


Tel. +56 2 2472 46 00

Fax: (56-2) 2655 10 46