US curriculum schools show weakest performance in KHDA inspectionsMay 10, 2016, 5:57 am GMT
The latest round of KHDA inspection results reveal that US curriculum schools in Dubai have registered the "slowest improvement" in ratings.
More than 48,000 students, or 18% of all students currently attending Dubai private schools, are enrolled in US curriculum schools. More than 4,000 students following the US curriculum are in schools that have been rated very weak - four out of five schools that declined in their ratings in 2016 are US curriculum schools.
Fatma Belrehif, executive director of the Dubai School Inspection Bureau said the KHDA has put into effect a series of initiatives to improve standards at US curriculum schools.
The KHDA has partnered with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to offer US curriculum schools synchronised inspection and accreditation visits.
"The schools have to undergo a partnership with NEASC and they will be subject to a DSIB-NEASC synchronised inspections. So the school first applies and will have a preliminary visit and if all goes well, they can start their self-study. This self-study is a year-long process. The school has to go over all its data and information, analyse its learning, governance schemes within the school, and then they will be subject to a synchronised visit. This means they go through a journey of improvement. It's not just a synchronised accreditation body with an inspection body. But there's a process of also inculcating improvement within the school," explained Belrehif.
During the 2015/16 inspection cycle, eleven schools were in different phases of the NEASC accreditation
process through these synchronised visits. All but one US curriculum school in Dubai has begun the
According to Belrehif, the deadline for US curriculum schools to complete their NEASC accreditation is the 2016/17 academic year.
The KHDA has also introduced another project outlining American curriculum requirements for schools.
"The other projected is called the American Curriculum Requirements Project – where in order to be a high quality US curriculum school, you have to meet a number of criteria, be it within the leadership, or the teachers, or the curriculum – where they have to align with the Common Core standards or one of the other accredited curriculum within the US. And assessments as well – how these assessments are in line with the common core standards and how they will help students graduate with an accredited certification," explained Belrehif.
At present, 4,375 students are enrolled in US curriculum schools rated weak, 23,906 are enrolled in acceptable schools, 17,701 in good schools, and 2,293 in outstanding schools.
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