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People involved in assessment - Estonia

In some schools parents are assessing their children, giving schools small written or oral reports about their child’s development. The assessment can be pre-structured or in free form. For example in Kuusalu Secondary School parents write an overview twice a year which is structured by skills: reading, writing, mathematics, behaviour etc. This system is used in lower grades (1. and 2. grade). Class teachers collect the overviews from parents and self-assessment from the pupils and then write an assessment of each pupil´s skills and development.

Another form of co-operation between teachers, parents and pupils is progress meetings. This is a good practice which has found way into legislation. Now it is obligatory for schools to have a progress meeting with each pupil and his or her parents at least once a year. The instructions for how teachers carry out progress meetings can be found here:

http://www.ekk.edu.ee/

Co-operation of teachers is the main team-approach form used in schools. Some of them are quite sophisticated. For example in Paldiski Secondary School teachers use a team-work form obtained from Norwegian experience. Teachers form teacher teams of their choice and select team leaders and a school coordinator. Then the teacher teams gather regularly discussing problems raised by teachers in those teams. The working routine in the teams has its own rules and is conducted by a teacher team leader. This form of team-work is mostly aimed at preventing behavioural problems in the classroom but can also be used to discuss and solve problems linked to assessment.

There are also schools, mainly in cities, where there are additional staff to support pupils. In those schools teachers form teams with school psychologists and social pedagogues. Usually teachers involved in this team-approach are the subject teachers in the subject the pupil has a problem with and also a class teacher. These teams can decide if a pupil needs an individual education plan and derived from that some adjustment in assessment. An example of team approach from Tartu Veeriku School is shown on the next page.

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