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The performance of education systems in the light of Europe 2020 strategy

Dovile Stumbriene (), Ana S. Camanho () and Audrone Jakaitiene ()
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Dovile Stumbriene: Vilnius University Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies
Ana S. Camanho: Universidade do Porto
Audrone Jakaitiene: Vilnius University Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies

Annals of Operations Research, 2020, vol. 288, issue 2, No 4, 577-608

Abstract: Abstract The performance evaluation of education systems is at the top of the agenda of governments and education authorities worldwide. However, research involving cross-country comparisons of the performance of education systems is still incipient. This paper proposes a new composite indicator to summarise the performance of education systems, enabling benchmarking comparisons and the definition of objectives for improvement. The research analyses different modelling alternatives for the construction of composite indicators, with varying degrees of weight flexibility. Our study uses annual data of 29 European countries, collected from Eurostat and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development databases. The results obtained in terms of performance scores and country rankings are presented and their managerial implications are discussed. We conclude that composite indicators estimated using frontier techniques can support the transition from the paradigm of performance assessment (control) to performance management (improvement).

Keywords: Education systems; Performance evaluation; Composite indicator; Data envelopment analysis; Weight restrictions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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