Netherlands 2016

Foundations for the Future

How can the Netherlands move its school system “from good to great”? This report draws on international experience to look at ways in which the strong Dutch school system might go further still on the path to excellence. Clearly the Dutch school system is one of the best in the OECD, as measured by PISA and PIAAC and is also equitable, with a very low proportion of poor performers. The report therefore proposes an incremental approach to reform, building on strengths while responding to some emerging challenges. The Netherlands should strengthen the quality of early childhood education and care, revisit policies related to early tracking with more objective testing and track decisions, and enhance the permeability of the system. It should develop the professionalism of teachers and school leaders through enhanced collective learning and working, while at the same time strengthening accountability and capacity in school boards. This report will be valuable not only for the Netherlands, but also to the many other education systems looking to raise their performance who are interested in the example of the Netherlands.

Published on May 25, 2016

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Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
The Dutch education system
Improving quality in early childhood education and care in the Netherlands
Making sense of early tracking in the Netherlands
Building student motivation and pursuing excellence in the Netherlands
Enhancing teacher professional development in the Netherlands
Putting the spotlight on school leaders in the Netherlands
Strengthening accountability and capacity in Dutch school boards
Terms of reference: OECD education policy review of the Netherlands
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