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Abstract Details

Family Name:
Al Sumaiti
First Name:
Rabaa Ali Mohamed
Title of Paper:
School Inspection and International Assessment in Dubai: Evidence-based Approaches for Improving the Quality of Education in Private Schools
Paper Proposal Text :
Since its foundation in 2007, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has pursued approaches for integrating evidence-based decision making into policy making and dialogue with schools in Dubai. Over the past four years, Dubai’s comprehensive school inspection system, which is unique in the Arab world, has provided KHDA with evidence-based data that has contributed to planning educational provisions in Dubai and initiatives in schools. In addition, participation in international assessments has provided excellent data to benchmark Dubai internationally and make internal comparisons of students and schools.
The Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) was founded in 2008 to provide the Government of Dubai with a systematic approach to evaluating and monitoring the quality of education provided by schools. Using an inspection framework that is based on international best practice in education quality assurance, the DSIB is currently completing its fourth cycle of monitoring private schools and gathering comprehensive qualitative data. Annual modification and refinement of the inspection framework has ensured its continued alignment to current Dubai educational policy.
In concert with school inspections, Dubai’s participation in international assessments provides quantitative data to benchmark Dubai against its regional neighbours and globally. Commencing with TIMSS in 2007 and then PISA in 2009, KHDA has gained a clear baseline in its understanding of how students in Dubai perform compared to students in countries from the region and with students in leading countries and economies. This quantitative data also provides additional insights including enabling standardised comparisons of attainment to be made across the many curricula in Dubai’s schools and analyses of the influence of the home and school environments on student performance.
This paper will highlight the impact of using both school inspections and international assessments in improving the quality of education in Dubai. It will discuss the process of utilising and comparing qualitative data gathered from school inspections, and quantitative data received from international assessments when planning educational change and initiatives in schools in Dubai. It will further examine their affiliations and explore examples of how they have illuminated areas of concern and been key drivers for improvements and change.