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Development of a Quality Assurance System in Adult Education

The project entitled Development of a Quality Assurance System in Adult Education is co-financed by the European Social Fund, and the holder is the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education. The value of this project is a total of HRK 17.838.100,00, 85 % of which  is co-financed from the European Social Fund, and 15 % from national funds.

The project will last for 40 months, starting January 2019. The aim of the project is to develop a quality assurance system through the development of a model of self-evaluation and external evaluation of adult education institutions, in order to improve adult education based on relevant research data. The project consists of four elements, one of which relates to the national adult competence test PIAAC, in which Croatia will have the opportunity to determine for the first time the level of basic skills – reading, numerical and problem solving – in the adult population aged 16 up to 65 years. This project aims to establish a quality assurance system in adult education through the introduction of national examination of adult competences PIAAC, development of models for quality assurance of adult education systems, introduction of self-evaluation of institutions, external evaluation of adult education institutions and strengthening the capacity of experts to implement the new quality assurance model.

Based on the official notification of the Ministry of Science and Education to the European Commission on 14 June 2018 and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on 15 June 2018, Croatia has joined the implementation of the second cycle of PIAAC research. AVETAE has been appointed as the institution in charge of conducting this research in Croatia. The PIAAC survey is the largest and most innovative large-scale assessment in the field of adult literacy. It aims to provide a comprehensive picture of key skills among the working age population (16-65) and to explore how these skills are used at work and in society, how they change with regard to adult education, skills and learning experience, and how skills mastery is linked to educational, economic and social outcomes, such as wages, employment status, economic growth and productivity and ultimately social welfare.