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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.

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The evaluation and assessment framework: Embracing a holistic approach

This chapter looks at the overall framework for evaluation and assessment, i.e. its various components such as student assessment, teacher appraisal, school evaluation, school leader appraisal and education system evaluation, the coherence of the whole as well as the articulation between the different components. This chapter supports the view that evaluation and assessment in school systems need to be conceived holistically, as a whole framework, building on the interdependence of its parts in order to generate complementarities, avoid duplication, and prevent inconsistency of objectives. The chapter illustrates the synergies that can be generated between the different evaluation and assessment components. Areas analysed include the governance and structure of the framework, capacity for evaluation and assessment, alignment with educational goals, articulations within the framework, knowledge management, the use of evidence to inform policy development and strategies in the implementation of evaluation and assessment policies.

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