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Quality evaluation in school education

A European pilot project entitled "Quality evaluation in school education" is being supported by the SOCRATES programme during the 1997-98 academic year. It aims to share experiences of the different evaluation systems and methods used for European schools.

The project involv...
A European pilot project entitled "Quality evaluation in school education" is being supported by the SOCRATES programme during the 1997-98 academic year. It aims to share experiences of the different evaluation systems and methods used for European schools.

The project involves 101 schools in 18 European countries, representing a range of socio-economic backgrounds and geographical locations. Half of the schools are lower secondary level and the other half are upper secondary level schools. At the start of the project, teachers, pupils, parents and head teachers will rate a number of aspects of each school's performance. On the basis of these different viewpoints, schools will be able to identify areas which require evaluation and monitoring in depth over the course of the school year.

The participating schools will be divided into two groups. One will be asked to document and report on the process of selecting and using evaluation approaches, focusing on the practicality and usefulness of tools and techniques. The second group will be asked to focus on how to exploit the outcomes of the evaluation process and to illustrate how evaluation is used by teachers and school management to improve schools.

The aim of the project is to deepen shared understanding of how self-evaluation can benefit schools and can enhance learning and teaching. It promises to inform policy European, national, local and individual school levels, bringing benefits to all levels. The Commission intends to elaborate recommendations on quality evaluation in school education before the end of 1998, based on the experiences gained during the project.

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