Improving education quality is a major concern worldwide given the links
between better student outcomes, poverty reduction and economic growth.
The Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China (IEEQC)
project thus aimed to examine school effectiveness (using innovative
quantitative methodology - multilevel modelling) and the role of local
context and priorities in determining definitions of educational quality
in China, thereby addressing a gap in previous research. The methodology
comprised a systematic literature review and two linked studies,
involving the analysis of examination and other data from 90,000+
students as well as interviews with key stakeholders. Findings indicate:
- Relevant predictors of students examination performance exist, some
unique to China (e.g. residential status). Adjusting for these
variables, statistically significant differences in \"value added\"
measures of school effectiveness were identified. Differential effects
were also found within schools for different curriculum subjects and
student groups suggesting that a range of measures are required to
reflect the complexity of school performance in China.
- Regional differences in relevant measures and findings suggest that in
China regional \"value added\" systems may be more appropriate than a
- New \"value added\" approaches to school self-evaluation and
improvement would be welcomed by stakeholders, if adapted to
Chinese/local priorities for educational quality such as promoting
students all round development. However, systematic longitudinal data
collection procedures are needed to ensure quality data in the
- Customised training and dissemination is needed for policy makers,
practitioners and public to improve understanding of the “value added”
concept and evaluation methods.
Thomas, S.M.; Peng, WenJung. Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China. ESRC End of Award Report, RES-167-25-0353. ESRC, Swindon, UK (2011) 8 pp.
Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality in China. ESRC End of Award Report, RES-167-25-0353