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1st October 2009

Since the 1st of October 2009 the State School Inspectorate has been involved in the important national EU funded project „External evaluation of the school quality supporting self-evelaution process and school development“, The project consists of several segments and phases and has been planned until the year 2013.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

More information available at EU project Site.

October 2009

The training of 96 school inspectors for primary and secondary schools was held within the first phase of EU funded project offering the innovative concepts of external evaluation and inspection. It builded up on the development of new forms and instruments for external evaluation of school quality that had been prepared by State School Inspectorate along with the new concepts after the adoption of the new School Act.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

More information available at EU project Site.

May 2010 School Inspectors in the Netherlands

5 school inspectors involved in the preparation of the new model of self-evaluation according to the aims and goals of the national project of SSI „External Evaluation of School Quality supporting Self-evaluation procedures and school development“ and the activity „Cooperation with international partners in the context of school evaluation comparisons“ visited the Dutch partner institution INSPECTIE van Het ONDERWIJS in May (17th-21st) 2010. The aim of the study trip was to gain information about external and internal school quality evaluation in the Netherlands as well as self-evaluation process. The agenda of the trip included working methods of Dutch school inspectorate, comparison of control mechanisms, procedures and instruments, the role of management, the value of objective and valid testing methods and school work. The outcomes of the trip will be used effectively in further qualitative development of SSI as well as in development of models for school quality evaluation in Slovakia.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

24th June Bratislava – SSI Headquarters, project activity presentation

Presentation of the SSI National EU-funded project „External Evaluation of School Quality supporting Self-evaluation procedures and school development“ was held in the headquarters of SSI on 24th of June 2010. The presentation was focused on information concerning the activity aimed at „Cooperation with international partners in the context of school evaluation comparisons“. School inspectors – participants of the study trip at our partner institution – Dutch School inspectorate – INSPECTIE van het ONDERWIJS informed about the school system and the work concepts of the school inspection in the Netherlands. The powerpoint presentation and discussion focused on the possibilities to implement the outcomes of the study trip in further work of SSI and in development of suitable models of self-evaluation for schools in Slovakia.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

28th June 2010 in Bratislava

Presentation of the National SSI project – „External Evaluation of School Quality supporting Self-evaluation procedures and school development“ activity aimed at „Cooperation with international partners in the context of school evaluation“ was prepared in the School Inspection Centre in Bratislava on 28th June. The school inspectors who had participated in the mobility in our partner institution INSPECTIE van het ONDERWIJS in the Netherlands informed the colleagues about the outcomes of the study trip using PPP form or oral presentations. They presented the gained experience and provided infomation on the Dutch school system, the standards, frameworks, procedures and instruments of external and internal evaluation, the models of self-evaluation used in Dutch schools and the posibilities to use the outcomes in current inspection activities and further phases of the project that should result in designing the model for self-evaluation suitable for Slovak schools.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

October 2010 – meeting of the national project author team

The team of authors involved in the EU financed project „External evaluation of the school quality supporting self-evelaution process and school development“, met in Banska Bystrica from 30th September – 3rd October to define the objectives and procedures in the activity „ Creation of the self-evaluation models for schools and their efficient use in daily school work“.
The aim of the session was to specify the next steps of activities and define the outcomes, aims and goals of the final product which should result in the practical methodoloy handbook to be used by schools in the process of self- evaluation. School inspectors and external experts involved in the project discussed the issues of evaluation and self-evaluation schemes that should improve the quality of schools - as well as the methods, tools and criteria for school quality evaluation in Slovakia and abroad.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

March 2012 – TALLINN, Estonia – SICI workshop: How is the Progress of Schools Supported by External and Internal Evaluation

SICI workshop on external and internal evaluation was held in Tallinn, Estonia on March 7th-9th 2012. The aim of the workshop was to discuss how the external and internal evaluation can support the progress of the educational institutions. The representatives from State School Inspectorate (ŠŠI) Mrs. Jarmila Braunová and Ms. Zuzana Lukačková actively participated in the programme of the conference, presenting the idea, development and planned outcomes of the EU funded national project „External Evaluation of School Quality supporting Self-evaluation procedures and school development“. Ms. Zuzana Lukačková has introduced the Model and Manual of School Self-evaluation prepared by experts and SSI, that will be offered to public by the end of September 2012. She stressed the importance of active cooperation of all stakeholders supported by modern educational policy which can help schools to reach better outcomes. The workshop sessions created opportunity to exchange the experience and reflect on the pros and cons of using the internal and external form of school evaluation in different national contexts. It was agreed that only the systematic approach with focused evaluation policy can bring the expected impact on the education quality development and school improvement. The group leaders presented the results of focused interaction in the plenary. The presentations from Tallinn workshop are available at: http://www.sici-inspectorates.eu/en/87711-how-is-the-progress-of-schools-supported-by-external-and-internal-evaluationMore...

 

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

June 2012 – London, Greenwich (England) – SICI workshop: Raising standards through Innovative Inspection

Representatives of State School Inspectorate (SSI) Ms. Jana Handzelová and Ms. Zuzana Lukačková participated in the SICI international conference organised by Ofsted in London, Greenwich in 7th-8th June 2012. The main issue of the event „Raising Standards through Innovative Inspection“ was to build on the theme of innovation raised at previous SICI workshops as well as to measure the impact of innovation in inspection on schools. The presentations focused on recent changes of inspectorates, e.g. Ofsted changes in inspection frameworks with greater focus on teaching and classroom practice, focus on performance management of teaching, shorter notice period, sharper impact of recommendations on the future action of schools. English colleagues stressed the transparency concept which drives the improvement in public sector and higlighted the impact of good practice case studies.
Other inspectorates brought up the changing concepts of their work, e.g. the internal policy shift of Dutch Inspectorate from interventions strategy with weak and failing schools to all schools across the system. The Portuguese presentation stressed the different roles of inspectorates linked with accountability and school improvement. The quality of inspectorate´s professional influence and interaction with schools (reports, dialogue) is crucial in the process of improvement.
Other issue of interest for inspectors was the aim, meaning, advantages and limitations of international comparisons and studies outcomes and the need for correct interpretation and evaluation of the collected data. We appreciated the practical English headteachers´ session describing the impact of school inspection and self-evaluation as a management tool for improvement of education provision.
Ms. Lukačková from ŠŠI provided information on innovative approach to school quality improvement in Slovakia based on the outcomes of the national EU project „External Evaluation of School Quality supporting Self-evaluation procedures and School Development“. The proposed model of self-evaluation offering schools the strategical concepts and practical tools can efficiently supplement the external form of evaluation. She stressed the SICI context experience was the database of sources for SSI to build upon in further development of the self-evaluation issue.
More information from London Greenwich SICI conference is available at: http://www.sici-inspectorates.eu/en/87758-raising-standards-through-inspection-innovation.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

27th November 2012 – Bratislava

The national agency for LLL (Life long learning) SAAIC has organised the national conference on Quality Assurance in LLL and vocational education and training. The aim of the conference was to present and evaluate recommendations based on 39 good practice projects comparative analysis. These were the final outcomes of the European thematic network on Quality Assurance in Life LongLearning (QALLL) carried out by 15 national agencies for Lifelong learning. The participants discussed the possibilities of adoption the quality assurance policy and positive experience within the national context and involved organisations and institutions. Good practices learned in the project can easily be shared, and applied by the commited managers and educators at all levels. The combination of top-down management approach with bottom-up engagement is the best way of reaching the discussed quality in education.
The conference was held in Bratislava on 27th November with the active participation of State School Inspectorate (SSI). Ms. Zuzana Lukačková has presented the philospophy and outcomes of the Model and Manual for school self-evaluation which were prepared within SSS important national EU funded project „External evaluation of the school quality supporting selfe-evaluation process and school development“. She stressed the importance of mutual cooperation of all stakeholders within the quality assurance cycle application on individual school or general system level. The quality culture development should be the common goal of all improvement strategies in educational context.
The model of self-evaluation was introduced at two national conferences held in September 2012 and is available at the SSI web site www.ssiba.sk.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.

November 2012 - Vienna - International Conference REACHING QALLLity

Representatives of State School Inspectorate (SSI) Ms. Zuzana Lukačková and Mrs. Teodora Spodniaková participated in the international conference focused on Quality Assurance in vocational education and lifelong education held in Vienna, Austria on 5th-6th November 2012. The final QALLL conference – Reaching QALLLity promoted the best the practices and case studies - outcomes of the European Thematic network of 15 national agencies of LLL.
The results and recommendations based on the QALLLitative report and analysis were discussed in interactive working groups by the education professionals and experts, policy makers, representatives of national authorities and project contractors of the European Lifelong Learning Programmes „Leonardo da Vinci“ and „Gruntvig“. The format of thematic groups on international and national level offered a possibility of networking and planning of implementation procedures on various levels of the national context. Practical experience from the national project on Self-evaluation at schools carried out by SSI was shared as an example of a good practice based on international cooperation with national impact. The theme of EQAVET qualitative cycle, building the capacity of quality culture and policy of quality assurance at all levels of education has been highligted. The outcomes of discussions presented in the plenary of 150 participants stressed the mutual cooperation, bottom-up approach, peer-review, innovation, creativity, self-evaluation and active participation of all stakeholders in the process of qualitative improvement in the field of education.

Modern education for knowledge society/Project co-financed by EU sources.