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Educational Accountability Reform in Norway

Education Policy as Imitation

Lasse Skogvold Isaksen

Educational accountability systems have during the last decades levitated as the leading global political instrument to turn around education systems. International organizations are promoting the accountability system as key tool for enhancing the quality in all levels of the enterprise of education. The study analyses how national education policy in the age of globalization is a result of an adjustment and transformation of international education policy and trends. The author enquires how the national level in Norway comprehended the international educational accountability policy and transformed the policy to fit the Norwegian context. One of the main findings is that the international educational accountability policy was transformed in Norway in a manner that discarded the core rationale behind the policy – the policy became an imitation.

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