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The United Kingdom's 1992 Education Act established the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED), which was mandated to oversee an inspection system for all schools. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the extent to which the inspection process helped schools with their school-development planning. A survey was mailed to headteachers at 282 schools that had been inspected during the 1993 fall term. A total of 170 replies were received, a 60 percent response rate. Most headteachers said that the OFSTED inspection process had made a positive contribution to their schools' development. The data suggest that some tension existed between the OFSTED inspection-action plan and the school's own development plan. Headteachers at schools with some overlap between the OFSTED action plan and the school-development plan expressed positive views about the inspection process. Schools that had favorable experiences with the inspection process had involved their governing bodies and external advisors in formulating their inspection-action plans. Eight tables, a sample questionnaire, and survey data are included. (LMI)

Descriptors: Accountability, Audits (Verification), Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inspection, Institutional Evaluation, Standards

Author: Ouston, Janet; And Others


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