Intermediate Leaderships perceptions on Schools’ External Evaluation

Natália Costa, Joana Sousa

Abstract


Education is a place where evaluation is a priority in all levels. Schools as an organization, are not disengaged of reality. Schools´ External Evaluation (SEE), framed by national and international educational policies that promote the legitimacy of evaluation placing accountability, quality, improvement, results and success as main objectives, represents the answer of Portugal to this need.
According to the Law no. 31/2002, it was created a lasting and systematic culture of quality and improvement through levels of efficiency and efficacy to achieve credibility and success in the educational system. Since 2005/06 it has being implemented by the General Inspection of Education and Science (IGEC).
The paper focuses on Portuguese school’s department coordinators experiences, and their perceptions of SEE. To understand it two focus group with department coordinators (n=17) were realized and the results were analyzed with content analysis based on Nevo’s (2007) evaluation perspective. For Nevo (2007) educational evaluation include five functions: decision making, improvement, accountability, professionalism and certification. The results suggest that exists a connection between SEE and the functions identified by Nevo (2007), since it is a process of legitimization of intermediate leaders decision-making looking for improvement, holding educational actors responsible, certifying organizational, pedagogical and curricular practices carried out by schools.


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