Andrés Peri holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches at the Universidad de la República del Uruguay where he received his bachelor degree in 1990.
Dr. Peri has worked as a consultant and researcher for many organizations including CEPAL, CELADE, UNFPA and WFP. He is the director of the Research and Evaluation Department at the National Administration of Public Education of Uruguay (ANEP) .
Dr. Peri was also responsible for the development of the SEA (System of Educational Assessment) and contributed to the Monitor of Primary Education (a system of statistical reports for every school). He is the delegate of Uruguay to the PGB of PISA and the National Coordinator of the LLECE study of UNESCO. He was a speaker at TEDxMontevideo 2014 entirely dedicated to Education.
In this interview, which is part of the Lead the Change Series of the American Educational Research Association Educational Change Special Interest Group, Peri shares his thoughts on the achievements of public education in Uruguay:
…we were very successful in providing primary education for all, but now the challenge is to have the same accomplishment at least up to the end of high school. The current government has set a high bar to achieve: everybody should finish lower secondary education (up to grade nine) and 75% of a cohort should finish high school. These are very high expectations since only a little more than 40% of each cohort finish high school today—in many cases with a large delay with the theoretical age given the large retention rate in primary and secondary school.
This Lead the Change interview appears as part of a series that features experts from around the globe, highlights promising research and practice, and offers expert insight on small- and large-scale educational change. Recently Lead the Change has also published interviews with Diane Ravitch, and the contributors to Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013) edited by Helen Janc Malone, have participated in a series of blogs from Education Week.