Curriculum Reform Get a Solid B from Education Minister

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ZAGREB, December 28, 2018 – The first term of the pilot phase of the curriculum reform, the largest ever project launched in Croatian primary and secondary schools, has received a grade of a “solid B” from all stakeholders and has justified its implementation, Science and Education Minister Blaženka Divjak told a press briefing on Friday.

The grade is based on two visits by advisers to the schools involved, five regional conferences attended by 2,058 teachers, and anonymous surveys. They showed that 95 percent of the participants were completely or mostly satisfied with changes to the subject curriculums.

Some 83 percent of 53 school heads polled agree that the learning outcomes of the subject curriculums are feasible in their schools. Also, 75 percent of school heads completely agree and 96 percent mostly or completely support teaching according to the pilot programme as of next school year.

Among over 3,500 students interviewed, 86 percent noticed that classes were different and more interesting.

Of 1,121 teachers polled, 75 percent completely or mostly agree that the pilot programme encourages continued feedback on students.

Teachers mostly asked for additional training in areas relating to assessment and grading, the use of digital technology in the classroom, and learning outcomes.

More than two-thirds of teaches completely or mostly agree that learning outcomes are feasible in their school, the survey showed.

“We have also received a large amount of feedback which we are now incorporating to make this large project a success,” Divjak said, adding that everything was ready for the comprehensive implementation of the reform.

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