Education Policy Outlook 2015

Making Reforms Happen

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The Education Policy Outlook is designed to help education policy makers with reform choices. It addresses the need for improvement in education in a comparative manner, while taking into account the importance of national context. Through a review of different countries’ experiences in implementing education reform, the publication offers directions and strategies to facilitate future changes.

Given different national contexts, individual countries’ reform challenges cannot be simply transposed into a different country or system. Nevertheless, countries face many similar challenges and implement reforms in similar areas. The 2015 edition of the Education Policy Outlook provides a comparative review of policy trends. It explores specific reforms adopted across the OECD over the past seven years to help countries learn from one another and choose the reforms best adapted to their needs and context.

The Education Policy Outlook will be of interest to policy makers, analysts and education practitioners alike.

English Also available in: French

Evaluation and assessment reforms in schooling

Which factors do policy makers need to keep in mind when designing and implementing evaluation and assessment policies? This chapter presents common factors across OECD education systems that contribute to successful evaluation and assessment policies, as identified from the research literature and from programmes implemented in recent years. Reviewing past evaluation and assessment reform experiences can help policy makers seeking to design and implement reforms in this area.The chapter focuses on policy making and implementation in three policy areas: student assessment for learning, school self-evaluation and system evaluation. Each area reviews the main purposes and contextual features of evaluation and assessment, identifies key elements of successful policy design and explains, through the analysis of past reform experiences, which practices and factors can contribute to efficient policy implementation.

English Also available in: French

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