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PublicationSupervision of Primary and Secondary Education : A Five-Country Comparison(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2010-11) Mahfooz, Sara Bin; Hovde, KateAt the request of the Government of Poland which is reforming its educational system, the World Bank conducted a review of how five high performing countries in the education sector provide supervision and support to their schools. England, Finland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea approach supervision and support to schools and teachers in a variety of ways; there is no single right way and their decisions take into account the overall organization of their education systems. A common theme to school supervision in all five countries is that schools are required to perform self assessments. The criteria for supervision extend beyond issues of regulatory compliance into questions about the quality of school processes, context and outcomes for students. All systems include elements of both accountability and support. PublicationSuccessful Education Reform : Lessons from Poland(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2010-11) Mahfooz, Sara Bin; Hovde, KatePoland's education reforms have produced a large overall improvement in educational performance, as measured by results on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Before 1999, primary school in Poland was 8 years, followed by tracking into vocational or academic programs. Now, the primary cycle has been changed to six years, followed by three years of comprehensive lower secondary school or gymnasium for all students, before a vocational tracking decision is made. Increased hours of instruction and delayed tracking of students into the vocational education stream were the most important factors in the improvement of test scores. In 2000, only one percent of polish students received more than four hours of language class, while in 2006, 76 percent of students received more than four hours of language class.