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Well-designed evaluation and assessment systems lead to better learning for all children – Government of Romania and UNICEF

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 3, 2017 – The Romanian Government in partnership with UNICEF in Romania released a new study today on how pre-university evaluation and examination policies can strengthen schools in Romania so all students can achieve their full potential.

The study, “OECD Review of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Romania 2017” is the first step in a larger initiative to evaluate and strengthen the Romanian education system by the National Government, UNICEF and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Ministry of Education was a leading partner of the review process.

Creating an education system where all children access quality inclusive education and are supported to achieve their full potential will raise participation and improve learning, supporting individual well-being and national growth”, declared Sorin Grindeanu, Romanian Prime-minister. ”The report provides useful and concrete recommendations for the reform of the education system in order to insure quality inclusive education for every child.”

Romania’s education system has made significant progress in recent decades, strengthening schools and improving students’ outcomes. But some children are still being left out of quality learning opportunities, including children from rural and marginalized communities, Roma families and children with disabilities.

Education policies that have the best results for children, including the most vulnerable girls and boys, must be based on solid evidence, have social and political consensus and be closely monitored”, said Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. “This initiative will help reach every student with quality learning in Romania. It is also an example on strengthening national education systems which can be replicated by other countries across the region”.

The review highlights that effective education systems combine both high quality and equity, supporting all students to succeed. A well-designed evaluation and assessment system can encourage learning and inclusion in a number of ways. Most importantly for Romania, it communicates a vision that every student, teacher and school has the potential to do well. It can ensure that policies and practices equally promote high standards of education for all children, regardless of background or location, so that no one is left behind and all students have the opportunity to accomplish good outcomes.

The joint Government, UNICEF and OECD study is the first ever review of Romania’s education system. The review aims to improve the quality of education and ensure the most vulnerable children have access to quality inclusive education.  


About UNICEF in Romania

UNICEF has a presence in Romania and 190 more countries and territories, to promote the survival and development of children from early childhood to teenage. In Romania, UNICEF works with the Government, the Parliament, the local authorities, the civil society, the private sector, national and international partners, and the mass media, to ensure access of all children to good quality early education and school; to protect teenagers and monitor the rights of the child; for social welfare and with a view to mobilising resources for the benefit of children. UNICEF’s financial support comes fully from voluntary contributions of natural entities, corporations, foundations and governments. 



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