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Slovakia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

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Overview Slovakia

Contents

Slovakia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Slovakia:Historical Development

Slovakia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Slovakia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Slovakia:Political and Economic Situation

Slovakia:Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Slovakia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Slovakia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Slovakia:Organisation of Private Education

Slovakia:National Qualifications Framework

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Slovakia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Funding in Education

Slovakia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Slovakia:Higher Education Funding

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Slovakia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Slovakia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Higher Education

Slovakia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Slovakia:First Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Bachelor

Slovakia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Slovakia:Second Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Slovakia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Slovakia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Slovakia:Main Providers

Slovakia:Main Types of Provision

Slovakia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Slovakia:Teachers and Education Staff

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Management and Other Education Staff

Slovakia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Slovakia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Quality Assurance

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Educational Support and Guidance

Slovakia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Slovakia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Slovakia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Slovakia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Higher Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Slovakia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Slovakia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:National Reforms in School Education

Slovakia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Slovakia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Slovakia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Slovakia:European Perspective

Slovakia:Legislation

Slovakia:Institutions

Slovakia:Glossary

For the purpose of quality assurance of education and management of pre-primary establishments, primary school, secondary schools and school establishments it is essential to gather necessary information at the level of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. Information has been gathered predominantly in two ways, that means, through school inspection and data bank collection and development.

The State school inspection aims mainly at the check-up of the level of the educational process, its results, planning, pedagogical management and organisation functioning of the school methodical bodies, as well as at the level of management and at conditions for educational activity. At its work the school inspection makes use of knowledge tests, visits, pedagogical documentation, etc. It adheres to centrally approved methodology of school inspection of performance. The results of its work (inspection records) are given to appropriate administrative bodies for further use. Based on the results of inspection activities chief school inspector annually submit the Report on the state and level of education at schools and school facilities in the Slovak Republic.

The second way of administrative monitoring is provided in the form of school statistical sheets. Initial information is processed at the level of the school and through the regional school authorities it is submitted to the Institute of Information and Prognoses for Education (ÚIPŠ). The results are all territorially processed in the form of complex materials for individual levels, types and kinds of schools, and contain e.g. information on the numbers of schools, classes and classrooms, pupils in individual schools and grades, the numbers of teachers, their qualification, age composition, etc.

The Decree No. 137/2005 of the Law Code on the school inspection regulates the details on organisation of school inspection, on fulfilment of its tasks, procedure at its execution and the way of execution.

The school inspection is carried in dependency on aim, research and extent through several kinds of inspections each of which has its criteria:

  • Informative inspection (orientation, information and starting points, running database, acquisition of incentives),
  • Thematic inspection (evaluation of current and specific problems, source of feedback information, cross-sectional state),
  • Complex inspection (overall view of quality of management, conditions and level of education and training),
  • Subsequent inspection (control of fulfilling measures).

The aim of informative inspection is to provide data, knowledge and information which serve for further inspection activity, processing of database with the basic data on schools and school facilities.

The aim of complex inspection is to obtain an overall view of quality of education, educational management, process and conditions of education and training in schools and school facilities.

The aim of thematic inspection is to find out the current state in selected pedagogical areas and to provide feedback information on development and efficiency of concept and management activities in schools.

The aim of subsequent inspection is the control of removal of shortcomings found out in previous inspection.

The following tasks were added to the school inspection by the amendment to the Education Act since 2008:

  • agreement between school educational programme and the national educational programme
  • agreement of the educational programme and principles and aims of education and training
  • level of quality of education and training at individual education

For more information see Chapter Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education.

The new Education Act No. 245/2008 created a new monitoring channel – National Institute of Certified Measurements of Education for monitoring and evaluation of quality of education and training at the level of the state educational programmes. This institute prepares and methodically guides the external parts of examinations and testing of pupils in schools; it provides for processing, evaluations and storage of results and keeps their registry. It provides for the international measurements in the SR according to the programmes in which Slovakia is involved (PISA, PIRLS). It also provides for the external part of examination and a written form of the internal part of the secondary school-leaving examination set by the Ministry of education. For more information see Chapter Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education.

According to Letter a) Clause 7 Section 154 of the new Education Act the school and school facility also provide for monitoring and evaluation of quality of education and training.

The purpose of the school inspection efforts is to acquire impartial background materials on the level of education and training. It is the starting point of the perspective (long-term) and current (short-term) solution of the problem of management of schools and school facilities whereby the school inspection is filled not only in declarative but also pragmatic level.


Requirements for Appointment as an Inspector

The candidate for post of school inspector is admitted on the basis of competition for vacancy of a civil servant, announced by the ministry of education. The applicant for employment as a school inspector of State school inspection must fulfil qualification requirements of a higher education for the appropriate type, and level of school or school facility, eight years of continuous teaching practice, completion of the first qualification examination or its substitute, at least three years of practice as manager or as a methodologist (or school inspector), or completion of the second qualification examination or its substitute, or to have good command of language of the respective national minority (in connection with the content of working activity). After employment to the post of school inspector he must complete in-service training, to fulfil moral and personality prerequisites and preconditions of professional inspection work.


Conditions of Service

According to the Act No. 400/2009 of the Law Code on civil service and on the change and supplements to some acts the school inspectors are civil servants. The civil servant gets the salary, under conditions set by law,  which is a functional salary  (composed of the so-called tariff salary, which is added various extra pays, compensations and back paymant).


Legislative References

Act No. 245/2008 on education and training (Education Law) and on the change and supplement to some acts as amended by subsequent provisions (Act of the National Council of the SR).
Act No. 400/2009 on state service and on the change and supplement to some acts as amended by subsequent provision (Act of the National Council of the SR).
Decree No. 137/2005 on school inspection (Decree of the Ministry of Education of the SR).