Isabell van Ackeren

Viel Prozessorientierung, kaum Outputkontrolle. Inspektion als Element der Schulentwicklung in der Flämischen Gemeinschaft


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A closer look at Belgium’s results in current large scale assessments reveals Flanders’s leading posi-tion compared to the weak results of the French-speaking community. Starting from the interpretation of those data in the context of the school system’s central characteristics and on the basis of selected socioeconomic contextual facts, this article looks at fundamental governance strategies that have the potential to explain the asserted differences. Thereby, full inspection appears to be an essential instru-ment for school improvement purposes. The description of the inspection process bares an underlying steering philosophy which rather concentrates on supporting optimal working processes within schools than on controlling performance results. Against this background, perspectives for the German evalua-tion policy will be derived.