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ERIC Number: ED456525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 10
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Getting Closer to School Effectiveness and School Improvement in the Czech Republic: Major Developments and Topics for the Future.
Pol, Milan
This paper focuses on changes in school management, evaluation, and monitoring in Czech education. The major aim of the first reform wave involved removing the most evident dysfunctions of the earlier, closed and uniform educational system and transforming it into an open, pluralistic one. Subsequent reforms focused on enhancing the quality of results achieved, such as balancing and stabilizing the educational system, concentrating on quality and how to evaluate it, and creating clear rules without undermining initiative and creativity. Schools have been given greater autonomy. Challenges needing to be addressed include balancing power shared between state and schools and between schools and headteachers, redefining the role of the Ministry of Education, and creating structures and policies whereby the entities within the educational system can perform self-evaluation, improve systemic consistency and competency, and allow for professional development. The Czech Republic has become involved in several international organizations to obtain resources for practical educational reform. Implementation of many reform projects, however, has been slow, and degrees of success vary. Czech education will need to undergo another series of fundamental changes soon. The White Book, currently in draft, will address upcoming issues in school management, evaluation, and monitoring. (Contains 23 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic