OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Denmark 2011

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How can student assessment, teacher appraisal, school evaluation and system evaluation bring about real gains in performance across a country’s school system? This book provides, for Denmark, an independent analysis from an international perspective of major issues facing the evaluation and assessment framework in education, current policy initiatives, and possible future approaches. This series forms part of the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes.



Executive Summary

The major responsibility for the quality of compulsory education in Denmark lies with the school providers – the 98 municipalities for the public schools (Folkeskole) and parent-elected boards for the private schools. An evaluation and assessment framework, therefore, plays a key role for central authorities to promote and monitor sufficient quality and focus on improvement. Denmark holds high ambitions to improve student outcomes and deserves credit for gaining broad agreement from all major stakeholders in efforts to stimulate an assessment and evaluation culture in compulsory education. Over a short period of time, Denmark has introduced new national bodies to monitor and evaluate quality in compulsory education, new national measures on student outcomes in compulsory education and requirements for municipalities to produce annual quality reports on their school systems. However, the suite of compulsory measures does not yet form a coherent framework for evaluation and assessment. In developing a strategic plan to complete the evaluation and assessment framework, the evaluation of teaching and learning quality should be at the core.


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