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Assessment policy: introduction - Poland

General educational assessment 

As stated in the Minister’s of National Education and Sport Regulation of 7 September 2004 on pupils’ assessment, promotion and examinations in public schools , assessment comprises:

  • Educational attainments (curriculum based assessment) - identifying level and progress in learning knowledge and skills described in curriculum as educational standards
  • Pupil’s behaviour – identifying the level of respect in pupil’s ethical and social norms.

The main goals for pupils’ assessment at schools are:

  • Providing pupil with information on the level and progress of her/his educational attainments,
  • Supporting pupil in planning her/his development
  • Motivating pupils to further progress in learning
  • Providing parents with information on attainments, progress and difficulties in pupil’s learning and behaviour as well as on special gifts. 

Curriculum based assessment

Curricula implemented in schools in Poland (with the exception of schools for children with moderate and severe mental handicaps) are based on the common core curriculum for the given education stage. Curricula can be taken from the list approved by the ministry of National Education and Sport or prepared by the teachers at a school and approved by the pedagogical council. The core curriculum contains the educational achievement standards that should be met by the end of given education stage.

In special schools the outline timetables provide for an additional 30 contact hours per week for a period of 3 years at each stage of compulsory education, i.e. Stage 1 (Years I-III), Stage 2 (Years IV-VI) and Stage III (gymnasium). In special schools for children and youths with moderate and severe mental handicaps, different curricula and outline timetables are envisaged.

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