Honey, Wooden Spoons, and Clay Pots: The Evolution of a Lithuanian Learning Conversation
Issues around what counts as evidence for what purposes are a central focus of the conversations in this chapter by Linda Lee. Over a period of a year, Lithuanian educators worked with an external consultant to develop an evaluation system for schools educating students in the middle grades. Initially, there was considerable tension between using standardized test results as valid evidence for accountability purposes in preference to the kinds of evidence the schools themselves valued and were able to learn from to improve the effectiveness of their educational offerings. In the end, these educators satisfactorily resolved the tension by integrating the use of standardized test results with other measures adapted locally for schools’ own use.
KeywordsSchool Improvement External Consultant Ministry Official External Assessment Basic School
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