OECD Review

Publication of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report into local education system.

CCEA welcomes the recent publication of the OECD Review on the Northern Ireland Evaluation and Assessment Framework.

It is very encouraging to note the OECD’s recognition of the many strengths of the Northern Ireland education system, including coherence of the assessment and evaluation policy. The strong focus on putting pupils’ learning and achievement at the centre of all we do is recognised as is the emphasis on teachers’ professionalism.

CCEA notes the OECD review team’s conclusions that the assessment arrangements, including arrangements for end-of-key-stage assessment and computer-based assessment, are sound, aligned with the curriculum and congruent with European practice.

We welcome the insights and recommendations which identify how the implementation of assessment policies can be further developed and embedded, particularly the need to build confidence in the processes and outcomes of statutory assessment.

The Minister’s announcement of a formal statement in the New Year about the future direction for assessment and qualifications is welcomed.

OECD Review Backround

The International OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes aims to explore how national systems of evaluation and assessment can be used to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education.

It does so by:

  • synthesising research-based evidence on the impact of evaluation and assessment strategies and disseminating this knowledge among countries;
  • identifying innovative and successful policy initiatives and practices;
  • facilitating exchanges of lessons and dialogue; and
  • identifying policy options for governments to consider.

The Northern Ireland element of the review was published yesterday.

Note to Editors

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