Education in Costa Rica

As Costa Rica’s economy has developed in recent decades, the education system that helped propel the country to upper middle-income status now needs reform to respond to rising expectations and changing demands for skills. New challenges are emerging: economic growth has recently slowed, inequality is widening and productivity growth is weak. How can Costa Rica improve both the quality and equity of its education system while also addressing efficiency challenges? This report assesses Costa Rica’s policies and practices against best practice in education from across the OECD and other reference countries in the Latin American region. It analyses its education system’s major strengths and the challenges it faces, from early childhood education and care to tertiary education. It offers recommendations on how Costa Rica can improve quality and equity to ensure strong, sustainable and inclusive growth. This report will be of interest in Costa Rica as well as other countries looking to raise the quality, equity and efficiency of their education systems.

Published on August 03, 2017

In series:Reviews of National Policies for Educationview more titles


Foreword and acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Education in Costa Rica: An engine for development
Early Childhood and Care: Giving all children a strong start in earning and life
Basic education in Costa Rica: from access to learning for all
Completing upper secondary school and pathways beyond: rethinking diversified education in Costa Rica
Tertiary education in Costa Rica and its role in a growing economy
Composition of the review team
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