Melanie is a Reader at the UCL Institute of Education, working on research in the area of educational accountability and improvement. Her work features a range of comparative EU-funded studies on the effectiveness of inspection systems, as well as country reviews of evaluation and inspection systems for the OECD and UNICEF and research in England and the U.S. on the effects (both positive and negative) of high stakes testing.
Keynote: Emerging models of education accountability; evaluation of school networks in a polycentric system
Many education systems have become more polycentric over the last decade when motivating schools and other service providers to operate in networks to provide inclusive education or develop and implement more localized school-to-school improvement models. These decentralized and collaborative arrangements have major consequences for accountability systems which traditionally are predicated on hierarchical and centralized forms of school evaluation. This keynote will address the changes in current education systems, the challenges these changes have for existing accountability systems, as well as present examples of how newer accountability arrangements (such as implemented by Inspectorates of Education) have been developed to evaluate the functioning of networks in a more localized setting.