Tools for Public Policies: Lessons from the Mexican School Census and other Sources

Mario Palma Rojo
Victoria Bonilla

Documento de trabajo CEEY no. 03/2017

This study analyses some of CEMABE’s main results, in particular those related to the infrastructure of schools, educational background of teachers and sociodemographic characteristics of students. It examines these findings in the light of other sources of information, such as public spending on education and Mexican students’ performance in PISA tests. These data sources provide a panorama of the situation of Mexico’s basic education, the study discusses some of the challenges that can be identified from them and reflects on possible measures to address them. By analyzing the situation of the national education system, the study aims to contribute to the discussion of what affects social mobility in the country and how to improve it.