Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

Moroccan girls walking to school

Moroccan girls walk to school

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Background

Morocco has made impressive progress in recent decades to expand access to school education. Yet high dropout rates and low levels of student performance remain key challenges. The availability of reliable performance information and the capacity to exploit it is critical so that Morocco can develop appropriate policies and practices to improve the quality of school education.

In June 2015 Morocco signed a two-year country programme agreement with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to support its national reform agenda. This programme includes an OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco which will look across its policies for evaluation and assessment to provide actionable policy recommendations for improving learning outcomes.

Goals

The review’s analysis will focus on the following components of evaluation:

  • Student Assessment
  • Teacher Appraisal
  • School Evaluation
  • System Evaluation

RAND Europe was commissioned to analyse the strengths and challenges in Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal, and to provide actionable policy recommendations and advice for implementing improvements.

Methodology

The review will be developed in three main steps:

  • Country Background Report — Morocco will develop a country background report that provides background on the education system in Morocco, explains how the evaluation and assessment system works, and provides some self-assessment on how the system performs and the main challenges that it faces.
  • First mission: fact finding, establishing relationships — During a mission of 4-5 days the core OECD review team will visit key actors to begin identifying the key policy strengths and challenges, and recommendations for improvement. The team will meet a broad range of stakeholders from the government, civil society and international organisations.
  • Second mission: deepening, validating and refining — During a second mission of 5-7 days the full review team (OECD team and international experts including RAND Europe) will meet key actors and institutions in the field of evaluation and assessment, and visit different regions of the country to deepen the analysis of the identified key issues, validate recommendations and develop the recommendations into actionable proposals for reform. The review team will discuss its preliminary conclusions with the government.

Project Team

Julie Belanger (Project Lead)
Miriam Broeks