The Basque Education System: from the lack of data to Diagnostic Assessment
In this document, Josu Sierra, Director of the I.S.E.I.-I.V.E.I. (Basque Institute for Research and Evaluation in Education) talks about the previous lack of control in evaluations of the Basque Educational System and the decisive step forward that will shape the new Diagnostic Assessment.
The Basque Education System spent its life since taking on its competences in Education in 1980, almost “without control”, as the System did not start to be externally assessed until 2001 with the creation of the ISEI-IVEI. However, in Spain, the first assessment of the Educational System, in which the Basque Country participated, dates back to 1995.
The objective of the Diagnostic Assessment is therefore to improve the basic competences of the pupils. As it is a curricular assessment and is carried out in two levels (1st year of Primary education and 2nd year of Secondary Education), it allows for a longitudinal monitoring of the pupils, and also for establishing a complete map of all the system's educational centres and their year-toyear evolution.
There will be three constants: Mathematical Competency and Competences in Linguistic Communication (Basque and Spanish languages) and one will be changed each year in order to assess the 8 competences. Competency in Scientific culture will be assessed in the first year. The rest will be assessed afterwards.