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OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Norway 2011
OECD Publishing, October 2011, Pages: 159
Norway has a well-established tradition of decentralisation and school autonomy, with a strong sense of individual schools being “owned” by their local communities and accountable to them rather than the national authorities. This decentralisation is especially marked in the case of primary and lower secondary education, where, with the exception of a small private sector, schools are run by the 430 municipalities. Many of these, especially in rural areas, are very small and responsible for just a few schools each. In this decentralised context, evaluation and assessment are essential to monitor the quality of education nationally and provide feedback for improvement to school owners and schools.
The Norwegian authorities have set up a national quality assessment system (NKVS) for the education sector in 2004. NKVS provides access to a range of data and tools intended to help schools, school owners and education authorities evaluate their performance and inform strategies for improvement. The system initially included mandatory national student assessments, user surveys and a web-based School Portal, and was later complemented by additional tools and guidance to support evaluation at the local level. Taken together, the different elements of NKVS have the potential to provide the sector with a powerful toolkit to support a decentralised system of evaluation and assessment. Norway deserves credit for the initiative to create a multi-faceted evaluation and assessment framework that provides monitoring information at different levels and aims to achieve both accountability and improvement purposes.
This book provides, for Norway, an independent analysis from an international perspective of major issues facing the evaluation and assessment framework in education along with current policy initiatives and possible future approaches.
- Acronyms and abbreviations
- Executive summary
- School education in Norway
- The evaluation and assessment framework
- Student assessment
- Teacher appraisal
- School evaluation
- Education system evaluation
- Conclusions and recommendations
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