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.



System Evaluation

Denmark has developed national measures on outcomes, including the publication of final examination results in Forms 9 and 10. The new national tests offer the first real opportunity to reliably monitor progress in educational outcomes over time against the national Common Objectives. However, the lack of inclusion of the private sector plus a lack of clarification of how results will be used to hold schools accountable, limits their monitoring value and there should be a careful review of strategies to maximise this. Further, it is important to develop a strategy to complement existing national monitoring information with broader measures of outcomes, including stakeholder views on the quality of teaching and learning. The Quality and Supervision Agency has the mandate to monitor school providers and should identify municipalities where real progress is being made in student outcomes and share this knowledge throughout the system, plus devise an optimal system to feedback key results held at the national level to municipalities for their monitoring purposes.


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