Romania 2017

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Romania’s education system has made impressive strides over the past two decades, with an increasing share of students mastering the basic competencies that they need for life and work. But these average improvements mask significant disparities in learning outcomes and attainment, with an increasing share of students leaving education early without basic skills. This review, developed in cooperation with UNICEF, provides Romania with recommendations to help strengthen its evaluation and assessment system, by reducing the weight of high stake examinations and creating more space for the formative discussions and feedback that are integral to improving learning and teaching. It will be of interest to Romania, as well as other countries looking to make more effective use of their evaluation and assessment system to improve quality and equity, and result in better outcomes for all students.



The Romanian education system

Romania’s education system has made major advances since 1989. Learning outcomes have improved and it has established modern institutions with technical expertise. However, educational attainment and performance continues to be strongly influenced by a student’s background, and learning levels remain low for many. This reflects systemic challenges of low funding, unstable governance and early selection on the basis of highstakes tests, putting students into different educational tracks of uneven quality. Placing student learning at the centre of Romania’s evaluation and assessment processes can help to focus the system onto raising standards for all.


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