Publication: Successful Education Reform : Lessons from Poland
Mahfooz, Sara Bin
Poland'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.
“Mahfooz, Sara Bin; Hovde, Kate. 2010. Successful Education Reform : Lessons from Poland. Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Brief; Volume No. 34. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/806dd1cf-4e25-5dd4-8be6-b2be14e5a397 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”