COVID-19 and schooling

Evaluation, assessment and accountability in times of crises—reacting quickly to explore key issues for policy, practice and research with the school barometer. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability

S.G. Huber & C. Helm

In this article, the authors present some exemplary first results and possible implications for policy, practice and research. Furthermore, they reflect on the strengths and limitations of the School Barometer and fast surveys as well as the methodological options for data collection and analysis when using a short monitoring survey approach. Specifically, Huber & Helm discuss the methodological challenges associated with survey data of this kind, including challenges related to hypothesis testing, the testing of causal effects and approaches to ensure reliability and validity. By doing this, they reflect on issues of assessment, evaluation and accountability in times of crisis.