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OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Georgia

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Georgia has made remarkable progress in expanding education access and improving education quality. Nevertheless, the majority of children in Georgia leave school without mastering the basic competencies for life and work. Moreover, students’ background is becoming a greater influence on their achievement. This review, developed in partnership with UNICEF, provides Georgia with recommendations to strengthen its evaluation and assessment system to focus on helping students learn. It will be of interest to countries that wish to strengthen their own evaluation and assessment systems and, in turn, improve educational outcomes.

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Strengthening system processes to evaluate national education performance

System evaluation in Georgia is built upon a strong foundation of data collection. Despite having rich data, however, the use of evidence in policy-making is not systematic, which leads to an unstable environment in which policies can be created or eliminated quickly without rigorously evaluated rationale. Several reasons contribute to this environment, including the lack of a dedicated research and evaluation body within the ministry and the lack of tools that can be used to analyse Georgia’s educational data. These should be established and created to embed policy-making structures that are underpinned by evidence review and guided by continuous monitoring of data. An important component in system evaluation, which is currently missing in Georgia, is regular national assessments that collect information about student outcomes at various stages of learning. Establishing these would strengthen the evidence base that would then inform decision-making.

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