Arab News: The World Bank has lauded Saudi Arabia’s Education and Training Evaluation Commission for its plan to evaluate and accredit the Kingdom’s schools in line with international best-practice, the Saudi Press Agency reported yesterday. The WB said that it has a comprehensive review of the Kingdom’s plans in a report prepared by its team over the course of 2021 and 2022 — in cooperation with the National Center for School Evaluation and Excellence “Tamayouz,” affiliated with the ETEC.
The bank added that the proposed plans are also rooted in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s educational research report of 2009, and the Maxwell report of 2019. The bank said that various plans and documents related to the Kingdom’s approach to evaluating and accrediting schools, including general regulatory frameworks, procedural guides, standards, and tools, were reviewed. The WB team met with focus groups of stakeholders, including school assessment and accreditation specialists, principals and parents. The report, a summarized version of which has been published on the World Bank website, said that the ETEC was the body responsible for evaluating and accrediting schools and training institutions in the public, private and international sectors in the Kingdom.