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.


How the Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes was conducted

Quality in education is increasingly judged on the basis of effective learning outcomes. Countries use a range of techniques for the evaluation and assessment of students, teachers, school leaders, schools and education systems with the objective of assessing whether the school system is delivering good performance and providing feedback for improvement in student outcomes. Many countries test samples and/or all students at key points and also formally review the work of individual teachers, school leaders and schools. However, countries often face challenges in bringing the different elements of evaluation and assessment together into a coherent and comprehensive strategy, within which each element is fit for purpose and contributes effectively to improving learning outcomes.


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