26 SES 02 B, Comparing Educational Governance
Ensuring educational quality is high on the policy agenda in many countries, especially efforts regarding enhancing students’ learning outcomes. In the Nordic countries, the local school authorities are in charge of developing systems to assure and enhance school quality. This paper discusses how the members of the school boards perceive their role and function and position. Based on a survey, we report on the extent to which they are satisfied with student achievements, their expectations towards the work of the superintendent and principals as well as their own work related to improving school quality. We examine how the school board members see their own opportunities to influence decisions about the school practice, and we argue that the new governing modes and accountability processes imply new roles and relationships between national authorities and local levels of school governing being established. During the last decade, the focus on establishing systems for quality assurance is accentuated. Quality assurance system, in the sense of quality reports, is stated in Education Act in each country. How reporting and the feedback system is organized differs but in all Nordic countries quality insurance is an important task for the school board.
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