This website gives an overview of a European study conducted to evaluate if and how school inspections in eight countries (the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, province of Styria in Austria, Norway and Switzerland) promote high educational and student achievement in schools.
Evaluation and accountability are key issues in ensuring quality provision for all (Eurydice, 2004). In Europe, the dominant arrangement for educational accountability is school inspections. Annually an average amount of 68.559.103 euros is spend on inspecting schools in every country in this project. Inspectorates of Education assess the quality of education and hold schools accountable for a broad range of goals related to student achievement, teaching, organization and leadership in schools.