Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

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Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download. As OECD countries seek to improve their education systems, a growing emphasis is being placed upon measures of school performance as they are central to school improvement efforts, systems of school accountability and school choice, and broader education policies. However, the value of this emphasis rests on the accuracy of the school performance measure. A number of countries have shied away from using raw test scores as a measure of school performance as these scores can reflect student background factors and poorly represent the performance of schools.

Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

This can create problems: without an accurate performance measure, equitable outcomes and efficient policy responses can be compromised as resources are not directed to where they are most needed. Policies and practices cannot be improved if it is not known what has proven to be effective. This is where value-added modelling plays such an important role as it provides a more accurate measure of school performance which overcomes many of the problems that plague other measures that can be biased against schools serving more socio-economically disadvantaged students. This increases the confidence that stakeholders can have in the system of school performance and evaluation. Value added indicators provide an important tool for identifying good practice in the education system.

Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

However, relatively few OECD countries have established mechanisms to provide some sort of value-added information at the school level. There are many challenges in improving the design and implementation of value-added modelling in education systems. Developing the appropriate datasets, designing appropriate statistical techniques, and combining these with commensurate policy responses and school improvement initiatives are all on-going challenges. There are also a number of technical difficulties in successfully incorporating value-added modelling into education systems.

Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

These technical difficulties have substantial policy repercussions and can impose severe limitations on the applicability of value-added modelling to policy development. This report therefore devotes considerable attention to the technical aspects of the development of value-added modelling as it is essential that they are properly addressed for effective policy development in this area. This report seeks to provide policy makers, administrators, school principals, teachers and those interested in education systems with information and direction of how a system of school-level value-added modelling can be developed to the benefit of an education system.

Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

It draws on the latest research, best practice, and the lessons learned in a number of education systems that either are implementing systems of value-added modelling or have done so in the past. The report is divided into three Parts: Part I discusses the objectives and use of a system of value-added modelling. The focus here is on the main policy and programme applications to benefit school improvement initiatives and systems of school accountability and school choice.

Measuring Improvements in Learning Outcomes by OECD pdf free download

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