publication . Preprint . 2007

Do school inspections improve primary school performance?

Dinand Webbink; Rob Luginbuhl; I. de Wolf;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2007
Abstract
Inspectors from the Dutch Inspectorate of Education inspect primary schools, write inspection reports on each inspected school, and make recommendations as to how each school can improve. We test whether these inspections result in better school performance. Using a fixed-effects model, we find evidence that school inspections do lead to measurably better school performance. Our assessment of school performance is based on the Cito test scores of pupils in their final year of primary school. Therefore school improvement means increased Cito test scores. The results indicate that the Cito test scores improve by 2% to 3% of a standard deviation of the test score i...
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Medical Subject Headings: educationstomatognathic diseaseshumanities
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