Melanie Ehren

Institute of Education, UK


Katharina Maag Merki

University of Zurich, Switzerland




                                              JURE Assistant Coordinator: Yolanda Gana-Galarce

                                          Graduate School of Educatio, University of Bristol, United Kingdom



Mission Statement

Educational evaluation and accountability are expected to have a substantial impact on educational quality and school improvement. Evidence shows that such responses can be positive when improvements are made and teachers and principals work harder and/or more effectively. Available research however also points to negative responses when schools and teachers implement quick fix improvements and use strategic behaviour to manipulate the outcomes of external evaluations or narrowly focus on quantifiable and easy to measure elements in the external evaluation framework. Available research in the area of educational evaluation and accountability draws from different theories of change to explain these positive and negative responses.

This SIG brings together an array of theoretical and empirical research into external and internal evaluation and accountability of schools and teachers and their impact on teaching, learning and achievement of the students. We are interested in addressing questions on:

• theoretical modelling the relationship between educational evaluation, accountability and school improvement
• the design of external evaluation and accountability systems of schools and teachers (e.g. concerning reliability and validity), their relation to internal evaluation systems and the impact of such systems on equal opportunities in education, school improvement, teaching and learning in the classroom and achievement of the students.
• empirical methods to study these questions


SIG 23 flyer



SIGs 18 & 23  "Educational Effectiveness" and "Educational Evaluation, Accountability and School Improvement"

JURE Pre-conference 
Dates: 26th - 27th of September, 2016
Place: University of Oslo, Norway

SIG Conference
Dates: 28th - 30th of September, 2016
Theme: Closing the Gaps? Differential Accountability and Effectiveness as a Road to School Improvement
Place: University of Olso, Norway 

Call for Papers

Deadline for proposals:  30th of April, 2016
Deadline for EARLY BIRD registration: 21th of June, 2016 


Call for book proposals!

EARLI SIG23 ‘Educational Evaluation, Accountability and School Improvement’ is inviting colleagues to submit a book proposal on ‘The State of the Art in Educational Accountability’. The winning proposal will be offered a contract to publish the book with Springer in their new series on ‘Accountability and Educational Improvement’, but also a prize of 500 to contribute towards the proposal writing, as well as a one year EARLI membership.


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