Risk-based school inspections: impact of targeted inspection approaches on Dutch secondary schools

Melanie C.M. Ehren*, Nichola Shackleton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In most countries, publicly funded schools are held accountable to one inspectorate and are judged against agreed national standards. Many inspectorates of education have recently moved towards more proportional risk-based inspection models, targeting high-risk schools for visits, while schools with satisfactory student attainment levels are excluded from inspections. This paper looks into these newer inspection models and aims to enhance our understanding of the potential effectiveness of such targeted models on student attainment and other performance indicators. Random effects models, analyzing changes in schools over time, indicate that targeted inspections particularly have an effect on student attainment in literacy in weak schools, while also impacting on student satisfaction, student numbers and student-staff ratios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-321
Number of pages23
JournalEducational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Educational effectiveness
  • School accountability
  • School inspections

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