Summary of results from Sweden

The report, which can be downloaded below, describes Swedish results from the first year of data collection. A survey to principals in primary and secondary schools was used to gather data. In Sweden no official distinction is made between primary and secondary schools. However, the primary school level can be defined as comprising grades 1-6 (age 7 – 13) and the secondary school level as comprising grades 7 – 9 (age 13 – 16).

The conceptual model of the project specifies the major hypothesized components and mechanisms through which school inspection may influence teaching and learning in schools. One basic hypothesis is that standards and thresholds established by the school inspections are expected to promote the improvement of schools through the expectations they set and because they communicate what is meant by a ‘good school’. Expectations and stakeholder pressure are hypothesized to be determinants of improvement actions. It is also hypothesized that principals who accept feedback from the inspections will act on this information.

You can download the report with the descriptives from the first round of data collection here.