Education Monitoring Report 2013 Executive Summary

ERI team continues to produce a consistent, comprehensive, and critical evaluation of education policies and their implementation through its annual Education Monitoring Reports. In Education Monitoring Report 2013, the seventh in the series, the main developments in education are assessed, including the four main components of education (students, teachers, content of education, and learning environments) as well as governance and financing of the education system. The last section of the report focuses on educational outcomes.

The following topics will be addressed in this report: (1) The organizational restructure of Ministry of National Education (MoNE), public expenditures on education; (2) participation in education at all levels, developments in special education; (3) the competency and appointment of teachers, including field testing for teacher candidates; (4) changes in the schedule of classes and curricula, elective courses, the distribution of students according to program types, open secondary education, the decline of school types and the transformation of general high schools the newly applied test Transition from Primary to Secondary Education (TEOG); and (5) developments following the passage of “4+4+4” compulsory education law, transformed facilities, and dual education. In the final section of the report, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 is analyzed in the Turkish context.