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Quality and Evaluation in Education in Tampere Riitta Juusenaho, Research and Evaluation Manager, EdD. The Finnish education system. Polytehcnics. Universities. Specialist vocational qualifications. 4 years. Upper secondary schools. Vocational schools.

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Quality and Evaluation in Education

in Tampere

Riitta Juusenaho, Research and Evaluation Manager, EdD

The Finnish education system



Specialist vocational


4 years

Upper secondary schools

Vocational schools

Further vocational


3-4 years


Work experience

age 16

Basic education

(comprehensive school)



9 -10 years

age 7


age 6

Evaluators in Finland

• Ministry of Education

• National Board of Education (NBE)

• Finnish Education Evaluation Council and The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council

• Provincial covernments (Regional Councils)

• Municipal or municipal consortiums

• Schools

• Teachers

• Students/Pupils

Principles of evaluation in tampere
Principles of Evaluation in Tampere

Municipality evaluates services also

Evaluation involves active cooperation (purchaser/provider)

Evaluation aimes at quality

Evaluation is not an act of inspection

Evaluation is based on openness

Evaluation promotes development

Evaluation is efficient and economicall

The education levels and quality in city of tampere
The Education levels and Quality in City of Tampere

Early education/Day Care (age 0-7) :

Promotes children´s positive growth and wellbeing. It evens out the differences based on living conditions among children. Evaluation is local.

Compulsory education ( age 7-16):

Basic education must provide an opportunity for diversified growth, learning, and the development of a healthy self-esteem, so that the pupils can obtain the knowledge and skills they need in life, become capable of further study, and, as involved citizens, develop a democratic society.

Also, basic education aims at increasing an awareness of the values and ways of acting that form the foundation of society and awaken desire for lifelong learning.

Evaluation is local, national and international.

The education levels and quality in city of tampere1
The Education levels and Quality in City of Tampere

Upper Secondary education ( age 16-19):

Suports the students´growht into good, balanced and educated individuals and members of society and provides them skills and knowledge needeed in further studies.

Evaluation is local, national and international


Complementation of previous qualifications.Degree is working life oriented vocational qualification.

Evaluation is local, national and international


Academic degrees: Bachelor´s,Master´s, Licentiate and Doctoral degree.

Evaluation is local, national and international

What is quality in education
What is Quality in Education ?

There is no single definition about quality.

•Quality is defined differently in different places,at different times and different cultures.

•Quality in education highlights the prosesses of education and learning.

•Education is quality when it achieves action based on goals.

• Value for money-thinking

•Better quality means that organisation is able to reach better the goals it has been set .

Success in pisa program for international student assessment
Success in Pisa ( Program for International Student Assessment)

Quality Equality

Quality is based on:Educational system, students´own interests and leisure activities, highly educated teachers and well- respected education

Equality means: All children in Finland are provided the same opportunities to learn, the obstacles to learn are tackled by special teachers, an atmosphere of lifelong learning- and learning to learn.

Pisa in finland program for international student assessment
Pisa in Finland (Program for International Student Assessment)

Our school system produces very small variation

(successful students- the least successful students)

  • This is also a problem

  • What about the talented students?

  • Only 5 % of the variation between pupils’ performances can be explained by the schools in Finland (Pisa)

  • Finnish girls perform exceptionally well. Boys did very well, too (Gender gap especially in reading skills, literacy)

  • Do we treat girls and boys equally in schools?

Evaluation programme for General Upper Secondary school in Finland (by Finnish Education evaluation Coucil)

Based on assessment of student achievement (mathematics, mother tongue,art, literature)

Students acquire skills and knowledge in order to move on to further studies ( matriculation examination).

Students need also learning to learn- skill in their further lives.

Evaluation programme for vocational education by finnish education evaluation coucil
Evaluation programme for vocational education Finland (by Finnish Education Evaluation Coucil)

Provides support for education providers and developers, political decisionmaking and educational goal-setting.

Topics like structures of qualifications, co-operation between upper secondary education and vocational education, curricular system, learning in the workplace, evidence-based assessment, adult learning, equality in learning, national learning outcomes…

National evaluations
National evaluations Finland

System evaluations

Situation evaluations

-the state of swedish-speaking education, the state of basic education…

-strucutre of qualifications…

Thematic evaluations

-learning in the workplace,

basic education in art,

”You don´t follow the social reality Finland

by evaluation,

You create it! ”

prof. Peter Dahler- Larssen