Ausgabe 2/2005, 11. Jahrgang
Europäische Benchmarks für Bildungssysteme – Instrumente bildungspolitischer Steuerung?
This paper is focussed on the efficacy of the benchmarks for the education systems in Europe, set by the European Council of Education Ministers as targets for 2010. First, the use of benchmarks in edu-cation policy is characterised, followed by an outline of the development of the EU-benchmarks for the education systems. The analysis of two exemplary benchmarks – on reading literacy of 15-year olds and on the participation of adults in lifelong learning – demonstrates considerable weaknesses in terms of the technical design and of the political construction of these benchmarks. The author con-cludes that so far the specifications of the EU-benchmarks allow effects on education policies only to a very limited extent.