Summary of the Evidence for the Key Drivers of Improvement
This chapter has given an overview of the existing evidence on school leadership, teacher professionalism, parental engagement, assessment of children's progress, school improvement, and performance information.
Each of these is important to create and maintain an education system that provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities for its pupils, and is able to reduce the gap in attainment between pupils from the most deprived and least deprived areas.
The evidence presented here covers a wide range of information, such as findings from school inspections, the impact of implementing specific policies and initiatives, teacher qualifications and professional learning, parental involvement and satisfaction, and how Scotland compares internationally.
The evidence shows that many aspects of the Scottish education system are performing well, but that there is still room for improvement in order to achieve the aims set out in the National Improvement Framework.