I’ve just had a read through the McKinsey & Company report on How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better. What an interesting read! There are two versions; an executive summary and the full report – the former is also available in Arabic, Portugese and Spanish.
How does a school system with poor performance become good?
And how does one with good performance become excellent?
This latest education report is the follow-up to the 2007 publication “How the world’s best performing school systems come out on top,” in which the authors examined the common attributes of high-performing school systems. This report identifies the reform elements that are replicable for school systems everywhere as well as what it really takes to achieve significant, sustained, and widespread gains in student outcomes.
Who is it for? I’d say anyone in education from teachers to Government policy makers. The report is packed full of insightful contributions and I’m sure that there is something for everyone.
McKinsey & Company have analysed twenty systems from around the world, all with improving but differing levels of performance, examining how each has achieved significant, sustained, and widespread gains in student outcomes, as measured by international and national assessments.
The systems studied were: Armenia, Aspire (a US charter school system), Boston (Massachusetts), Chile, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Long Beach (California), Madhya Pradesh (India), Minas Gerais (Brazil), Ontario (Canada), Poland, Saxony (Germany), Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, and Western Cape (South Africa).
The fundemental challenge to policy makers and to school leaders is how to focus and improve the journey that a learner makes from the early years through to Higher Education or Lifelong Learning within another setting. The path to continuous improvement is not an easy one and the report illustrates approaches to support those making the journey to excellence in order to improve outcomes.