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Educational development and evaluation

The responsibilities in the field of educational development and evaluation strategically bridge all the school system’s responsibilities: these include tracking key, cross-departmental developments, coordinated elaboration of proposals on how to develop the school system further, coordination of comprehensive reforms, monitoring progress of major projects and coordination of management processes, culminating in the Boards of Education.

The legislator sets the school system’s objectives through impact-driven management. The 2013 Federal Budget Act introduced impact-driven administrative management, which starts by querying the societal effect to be achieved. In the process each ministry defines a policy for itself and sets up to five impact goals, which it tries to achieve using measures (global budgetary measures). It should be possible to quantify changes, on the basis of the measures applied, by defining indicators. Impact-driven administrative management in the “school” sector also covers kindergartens, adult education and EU/international matters.

Resource, objective and performance plans are agreed with the subordinate agencies, the Boards of Education, and these plans are derived from details of the ministry’s tasks, which are defined in the Federal Budget Estimate by the Federal Finance Act.

Educational evaluation report

An educational evaluation report is to be submitted to the National Council every three years. The educational evaluation report is based on the Boards of Education school quality reports and forms part of the National Education Report. The educational evaluation report concept is currently devised by a BMBWF working group.