Synergies for Better Learning

An International Perspective on Evaluation and Assessment

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How can assessment and evaluation policies work together more effectively to improve student outcomes in primary and secondary schools? Countries increasingly use a range of techniques for student assessment, teacher appraisal, school evaluation, school leader appraisal and education system evaluation. However, they often face difficulties in implementing evaluation and assessment policies. This may arise as a result of poor policy design, lack of analysis of unintended consequences, little capacity for school agents to put evaluation procedures into practice, lack of an evaluation culture, or deficient use of evaluation results.

This report provides an international comparative analysis and policy advice to countries on how evaluation and assessment arrangements can be embedded within a consistent framework to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education. It builds upon a major 3-year review of evaluation and assessment policies in 28 countries, the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes. As well as analysing strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, the report provides recommendations for improvement including how results should be incorporated into policy and practice.



Foreword and Acknowledgements

Authentic, valid and reliable evaluation and assessment, those which lead to the improvement of educational practices at all levels and lift student learning, are central to establishing a high-performing education system. They are also instrumental in recognising and rewarding the work of educational practitioners and in certifying the learning of students. Promoting evaluation and assessment is clearly in the interest of students and their families, educational practitioners and education systems. As a result, more and more countries embark on ambitious school reform programmes which include a strong element of evaluation and assessment. This can consolidate the evaluation culture in education systems and reinforces the role of evaluation and assessment frameworks in driving the reform agenda.


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