TERCE 2013 Fact Sheet

Long title
Tercer Estudio Regional Comparativo y Explicativo
Frequency of data collection
Previous cycles
1997, 2006
  • 2010: general design, work plan
  • 2011: curriculum analysis, item development
  • 2012: framework development for associated factors, questionnaire development, sampling design, software development; field test
  • 2013: data collection
  • 2014: analysis; publication of final reports
  • 2015: release of results
  • 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.
  • Assist in building evaluation capacities at the national level for each participating country.
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
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
  • Contextual framework
    • Context
    • Supplies
    • Processes


Associated factors - contextual questionnaires

  • Students
  • Families
  • Teachers
  • Principals
Participating entities


A total of 15 countries and the Mexican state of Nuevo León



Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay, and the Mexican state of Nuevo León

Target population and sample (summary)

Target population

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



  • More than 67,000 students in each grade (third and sixth)
  • More than 3,200 third-grade classrooms
  • More than 3,600 sixth-grade classrooms
Data collection techniques and instruments (summary)

Instruments administered to students

  • Cognitive test for students
  • Questionnaire for students


Instruments administered to teachers and schools

  • Questionnaire for teachers
  • Questionnaire for principals


Instrument administered to parents

Questionnaire for parents

Study director(s)

Regionaol 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