News en-us Latest news project was one of the RegioStars 2017 finalists2017-10-12<p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">On Tuesday evening the European Commission's RegioStars Awards ceremony took place in Brussels as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.</span></strong></p> <p>This annual EU-wide competition puts the spotlight on the most innovative and inspiring EU funded projects and illustrates, through concrete real-life examples, how Cohesion Policy supports people's lives through the creation of economic growth and jobs at a regional level.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br />Out of 103 applications, an independent expert jury first shortlisted 24 finalists - and also Estonian project had been selected as a RegioStars 2017 finalist</span></p> <p><br />Estonian project, sent to the contest by Innove, was&nbsp;<strong>"Construction of Gymnasium of P&otilde;lva".&nbsp;</strong>The new public secondary school building built in the small town of P&otilde;lva is the first ever nearly zero-energy schoolhouse in Estonia.&nbsp;The building is constructed from environment-friendly materials, the entire roof is covered with solar panels. The project also included installing of road tops, green areas, plot fences, outdoor lighting and traffic signs. The entire building is accessible for people with disabilities. The building is furnished with modern environment-friendly furniture, inventory and equipment.&nbsp;The well thought-through project and quality construction work are acknowledged by the final class A energy label and energy efficiency number 54 kWh/m2 x a, and the best air tightness number in Estonia for a public building.<br /><br />The project was supported by European Regional Development Fund (4 913 200&nbsp;euros) and by Estonian state (867 035 euros).</p> <p></p> <p><em>Additional information:&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">here</a></em></p> has been helping Georgia in vocational education development for the last 10 years2017-10-09<p><b>On 6th of October, the international project within which Estonia shared its experience and best practices in the sphere of vocational education with Georgia was completed. This has been the third vocational education project that Innove has implemented in Georgia within the past 10 years. </b></p> <p>During the past 10 years, Estonia has been helping Georgia in modernizing its vocational education in order to make sure that it remains sustainable and meets the needs of the labor market. The various projects implemented within this timeframe mainly focused on training for teachers and school administration as well as curriculum development: 24 new modules for the upgrade of curricula were created in collaboration with teachers from Estonia.&nbsp; In addition, successful practices of employers&rsquo; and vocational schools&rsquo; cooperation (of which Estonia sets an excellent example) were shared, and various options for the promotion of vocational education domestically and internationally were introduced.<b></b></p> <p>Last week, the meeting of Georgian and Estonian partners who had been working together on the latest project &lsquo;Transfer of Estonian Best Practices to Support the Competitiveness of Georgian Vocational Education and Training Sector&rsquo; took place in Georgia. The two-year venture concluded with a seminar in Batumi held for all the parties who had taken part in the project: 17 heads of vocational schools from Georgia and Estonia and Foundation Innove, which had spearheaded the project, represented by Katri Targama, Lea Orro, Aili K&otilde;iv and Kaie Piiskop. In addition, invitations for the official completion ceremony on 4 October went out to the Estonian Ambassador to Georgia, Kai Kaarelson, Georgian Deputy Minister of Education, Ketevan Natriashvili, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of the Adjara Municipality, Inga Shamilishvili and adviser in the Estonian Ministry of Education, Erkki Piisang. The participation of the representatives of employers from Estonia and Georgi was expected as well. The cooperation project for vocational education was financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</p> <p>"We have worked with Georgian vocational schools and the Ministry, and we are pleased to hear the words of appreciation from both sides. The highest recognition was that the Deputy Minister of the Georgian Ministry had thanked us for long-term cooperation by flying from Tbilisi to Batumi (the flight is 5 hours!) just to stay with us for an hour. The Deputy Minister also expressed a desire to continue vocational education projects, " described Lea Orro the atmosphere of the event.</p> <p>All projects in the field of vocational education in Georgia have been completed, but the countries&rsquo; cooperation in the sphere of education will continue. Estonian experts will be assisting their Georgian counterparts in matters concerning general education. <br /> <br /> Additional information about Innove&rsquo;s international projects can be found on the <a href="">web page.</a></p> <p><a href=";album_id=1459320940817807">Gallery<br /><br /><br /></a></p> must go to school, work and homes2017-10-03<div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The international conference on lifelong guidance policy and practice, jointly organised by the Estonian EU Presidency, Foundation Innove and Cedefop as part of the first European guidance week (#EGW2017), brought over 200 experts in career services from 35 countries to Tallinn on 27 and 28 September.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Speaking on the first day, Cedefop Director James Calleja argued that &lsquo;guidance, which is like oxygen to learners, must leave its natural home, the school, and penetrate workplaces; it must ride on the potential of ICT and must not lose its humanistic approach dealing with individuals on a one-to-one basis.'</p> <p>In an age of technology and automation, career guidance is indispensable to the employability of both young people and older workers, said Mr Calleja.</p> <p>He added that the&nbsp;<a href="">Presidency theme</a>&nbsp;&lsquo;unity through balance&rsquo; when applied to career guidance assumes a worrying reality faced with at least three common imbalances: the imbalance between the weight of technology and the burden of unskilled potential, the weight of success against the burden of school failure or early leaving, and the potential of ICT and the burden of inaccessibility to information, especially on trends to future jobs and skills.</p> <p>&lsquo;No skills equals no jobs,&rsquo; Mr Calleja affirmed. Therefore Cedefop&rsquo;s contribution to career guidance is not only significant but also developing through various initiatives that provide policy-makers with valuable information and policies, such as Skills Panorama, the online toolkit for early leaving and the recently launched CareersNet, a new network to share best practice support in career guidance.</p> <p><strong>New reality</strong></p> <p>In his welcome speech, Estonian Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Education Mart Laidmets said that guidance plays an important role in reaching the Europe 2020 benchmarks. He added that, as all communication is moving to the internet, relevant services to the citizens, such as lifelong guidance, must make the most of this new reality.</p> <p>Over 40 experts, researchers, hands-on specialists and policy-makers from across Europe made presentations and participated in discussions at the conference. Both days also featured workshops, aimed at identifying the most important lines of action.</p> <p>Cedefop expert Stelina Chatzichistou presented&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=web&amp;utm_campaign=WP2SP">Skills Panorama</a>, the skills portal set up by the European Commission and powered by Cedefop, at the session on better career mobility and labour market functioning.</p> <p><strong>Call for action</strong></p> <p>In the&nbsp;<a href="">conclusions</a>&nbsp;presented by Mr Laidmets at the final session, which included six recommendations, it was stressed that 'development of ICT in guidance and e-governance provides an opportunity for the Member States and the EU to provide better access and coherence of the services to all citizens. Lifelong guidance needs to be repositioned across the policy fields at national and EU levels, in particular taking into account the future of work and in preparing citizens for scenarios of employment, underemployment or no employment in a segmented labour market.'</p> <p>There was a call to the European Commission to 'take the lead in such repositioning and in developing an implementation strategy, taking into account the&nbsp;<a href="">six recommendations</a>&nbsp;of this Estonian Presidency conference, and using the EU guidelines for policies and systems development for lifelong guidance.'</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="">Foundation Innove</a>&rsquo;s Margit Rammo, within the scope of the Presidency, this was another great opportunity for Estonia to draw more attention to e-solutions for career guidance because international cooperation is key and a source of inspiration for generating innovative solutions. &lsquo;This entire event is one of the outcomes of international cooperation: although Estonia is presiding in the EU, it would not have been doable without our partners and counterparts from European networks,&rsquo; Ms Rammo said and listed the European Commission, Cedefop and University of Jyv&auml;skyl&auml; in Finland as major partners.</p> <p><strong>Improving services</strong></p> <p>Cedefop guidance expert Pedro Moreno da Fonseca, who was in charge of the project on behalf of the agency, said of the need to organise a European guidance week: &lsquo;This week of activities provided a unique opportunity for the guidance community to discuss ways to increase the relevance of its work to the ones who need it the most, such as the unemployed and the educationally disengaged. The potential of labour market intelligence (LMI) and ICT as elements to improve services to the citizen were key discussions. Cedefop&rsquo;s tools to support the integration of LMI and ICT in guidance practices were piloted and results allow foreseeing good uptake and development. We also had positive reactions to CareersNet and the indication that its role in supporting peer learning and innovation will be successively achieved.&rsquo;</p> <p><strong>New network</strong></p> <p>In the framework of the week, Mr Moreno da Fonseca organised the first meeting of Cedefop&rsquo;s new CareersNet network in Tallinn. EU Member States experts had the chance to exchange best practice in career guidance and come up with new ideas for cooperation. Addressing the participants, Cedefop Head of Department for Learning and Employability Antonio Ranieri underlined the fundamental role of experts in the network in increasing the quality of Cedefop&rsquo;s research in lifelong guidance. He noted that CareersNet will decisively contribute to widening the contribution of this work in informing developments in other policy fields such as validation and adult learning.</p> <p>The European guidance week events are part of the 2017 European vocational skills week (#EUVocationalSkils), which is organised by the European Commission with Cedefop as a partner.</p> </div> </div> </div> the support of Innove, Georgia is introducing 300 credit courses in universities2017-07-04<p>With the support of Foundation Innove and UNICEF the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia is introducing 300 credit courses (BA and MA level programmes) for pre-service training of prospective preschool and general education teachers in universities as of 2018-2019.</p> <p>Under the framework of this partnership, an extended meeting was held by UNICEF on 30 June 2017, which brought together important stakeholders such as representatives of nine state universities as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the National Centre for Education Quality Enhancement. Participants exchanged the information about current reform initiatives that targets the development of teachers&rsquo; pre-service training programmes. During the meeting, all participants agreed about a joint action and time plan for coordinated implementation of priorities with the technical support of Estonian experts to ensure high quality of training curricula and programs that have to be developed by national specialists.</p> <p><span>During 3 years, UNICEF Georgia and Foundation Innove support the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science in updating the national curricula for the general education, and initial teacher training programs in eight universities of Georgia.&nbsp;</span>Read additional information about the programme <a href="">HERE</a>.&nbsp;</p> project has been selected as a RegioStars 2017 finalist 2017-07-03<p><strong>The RegioStars Awards Jury has announced the finalists for the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honouring Europe's most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds.</strong></p> <p>An independent Jury selected 24 finalists from 103 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.</p> <p>The 24 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 20 Member States and one neighboring country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.<br /><br />Estonian project, sent to the contest by Innove, was <strong>"Construction of Gymnasium of P&otilde;lva". </strong>The new public secondary school building built in the small town of P&otilde;lva is the first ever nearly zero-energy schoolhouse in Estonia.&nbsp;The building is constructed from environment-friendly materials, the entire roof is covered with solar panels. The project also included installing of road tops, green areas, plot fences, outdoor lighting and traffic signs. The entire building is accessible for people with disabilities. The building is furnished with modern environment-friendly furniture, inventory and equipment.&nbsp;The well thought-through project and quality construction work are acknowledged by the final class A energy label and energy efficiency number 54 kWh/m2 x a, and the best air tightness number in Estonia for a public building.<br /><br />The project was supported by European Regional Development Fund (4 913 200&nbsp;euros) and by Estonian state (867 035 euros).</p> <p>All finalists are invited to the RegioStars Awards ceremony which will take place on 10th of October 2017 in Brussels.</p> <p></p> <p>Additional information about <a href="" target="_blank">RegioStars 2017.</a></p>´s information desk is at a new address in summer2017-06-27<p><strong>From July 10th to August 14th the information desk of Foundation Innove is located near Innove&acute;s main building, in Tallinn European School (<a href=",24.7963196,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4692eb55cbe227f1:0x3762083b2af09f0e!8m2!3d59.4224273!4d24.7985083">Keevise 2</a>).</strong></p> <p><strong>Information desk is open: </strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>July 7th &ndash; 8.30-12.00</strong>&nbsp;<em>(address: L&otilde;&otilde;tsa 4)</em></li> <li><strong>July 10th to August 12th &ndash; 9.00-16.00</strong>&nbsp;<em>(Keevise 2)</em></li> <li><strong>August 14th &ndash; 9.00-14.00</strong>&nbsp;<em>(Keevise 2)</em></li> <li><strong>August 15th &ndash; 10.00-17.00</strong>&nbsp;<em>(L&otilde;&otilde;tsa 4)&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <p>From August 15th the information desk is located back in Foundation Innove main building (L&otilde;&otilde;tsa 4) and from August 16th it is open customarily at 8.30-17.00.</p> <p><br /> <br /> <em>Additional information: <br /> 735 0500</em><i><br /> <em></em></i></p> Learning Experience on Peer Coaching and Coaching Skills in Tallinn2017-06-16<p>On 8<sup>th</sup> June 2017 the kick-off workshop on peer coaching was held by Deirdre Hughes, Carmen Wolf and Pablo Franzolini in Tallinn/ Estonia in close cooperation with Margit Rammo from Foundation Innove. In total 32 guidance practitioners from youth guidance centres and labour offices&nbsp;in Estonia were introduced into the theoretical background on peer coaching, the EmployID peer coaching process and approach and the basic peer coaching skills: active listening, powerful questioning, emotional awareness and growth mindset. The theory with facilitated by several exercises and opportunities to reflect on their own work experience.</p> <p>Especially rewarding was the big exercise after lunch where participants were practicing a peer coaching session: One of the participants volunteered in working on her current challenge at work and another participants volunteered as peer coaching facilitator. The rest of the group was the advisors and one of the trainers took the role of time-keeper and facilitated the process with guidance on each process step and support of our peer coaching cheat-sheet. Another trainer tool notes on a flipchart. The positive reaction through body language during the &ldquo;vision&rdquo; phase of the client was very good to observe so that the participants could see the effect of this phase. There was a large collection on solutions in the solution and further steps phase that came from the brainstorming of the advisors. The client was able to choose from them and got inspired by the different ideas and experiences. All in all it was a very good example on the effect of the peer coaching process even though the trainers decided to only give half of the time for each process step. It was a bit of a hurry, but it was still working well.</p> <p>According to the evaluation the workshop was a big success and many of the participants will try to actively use their new gained knowledge in their daily work. The EmployID peer coaching trainers learned about a new concept called &ldquo;Covision&rdquo; that is practiced by some Guidance Counsellors in all Rajaleidja centres across Estonia since 2015 and can be related to the peer coaching approach. The solution oriented model was highly appreciated by the participants.</p> <p>The EmployID peer coaching team looks forward in further cooperating with Foundation Innove and the Guidance Counsellors by introducing the Peer Coaching Online Course on the EmployID Academy and the Peer Coaching Online Tool.&nbsp;</p> helps Georgia to improve children’s learning and behaviour2017-05-10<p class="BodyText1">A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Government of Estonia, UNICEF and Foundation INNOVE to launch a three year partnership aiming to transform pre-school and general education in Georgia.</p> <p class="BodyText1">The Estonian Ministry of Education and Foundation INNOVE in partnership with UNICEF Georgia will support the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia in applying approved national curricula in the primary grades in selected schools and in introducing full-fledged (BA and MA level) programmes in state universities of Georgia for pre-service training of preschool and general education teachers to enter into profession. This cooperation will consist of technical support, capacity development and exchange of experts and experience sharing.</p> <p class="BodyText1">To further benefit from the experience of the Estonian education system, which proved to be exemplary for the EU and other countries, Foundation INNOVE will bring curriculum experts and academicians from Estonian universities to provide support to the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and national universities.</p> <p class="BodyText1">The partnership also includes study tour of Georgia school directors and teachers from the selected schools to Estonia to learn about the Estonian practices and policies related to the school curricula, monitoring and quality control. Other areas of cooperation will &nbsp;cover support in: a) social and education policies and strategies to attract bright students into the teaching profession; b) mechanisms for effective teacher support including formative assessment; c) creation of a conducive teaching and learning environment; and d) helping low-performing students.</p> <p class="BodyText1">The new partnership will contribute to Georgia&rsquo;s on-going process of alignment with the relevant European Union standards and best practices as per the EU - Georgia Association Agreement. &nbsp;</p> <p class="BodyText1">&nbsp;</p>, the preliminary PISA 2018 test starts in schools2017-04-17<p class="xmsonormal"><b>Today, on 17 April, the conduction of the preliminary PISA 2018 test will start in Estonian schools.&nbsp;During three weeks, nearly 3900 15-year-old students will take the test, the results of which will serve as a basis of the preparation of the main test which will take place in spring next year. The major domain of the PISA 2018 evaluation is functional reading skills.</b></p> <p class="xmsonormal">The PISA coordinator of SA Innove, Gunda Tire said that the PISA 2018 main test that will take place next year will evaluate how well our 15-year-old students understand written texts and how effectively they are able to use them. "Similarly to PISA 2009, the major domain of evaluation of the PISA 2018 test is functional reading skills. The results of 2009 showed that even though 61% of Estonian youngsters enjoy reading, only one quarter of our 15-year-old students enjoy reading fiction. Whether the situation has changed by now and what the reading habits of young people are in 2018 will be found out with the next&nbsp;PISA study.&ldquo;</p> <p class="xmsonormal">For the State, the prerequisite for the participation in the PISA 2018 main study is the obligation to carry out the preliminary test, in which new tasks and procedures will be tested out. On the basis of this data, high quality tasks will be sorted out and used for the preparation of the PISA 2018 main test. The preliminary test is electronic and will take three hours.</p> <p class="xmsonormal">Although the main domain of evaluation of the previous PISA 2015 test was natural sciences, Estonian youngsters showed that their reading skills rank 6<sup>th</sup> in the world and 3<sup>rd</sup> among the European countries, just after Finland and Ireland.</p> <p class="xmsonormal">The PISA test in Estonia is organised by SA Innove and financed by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.</p> <p class="xmsonormal"></p> <p class="xmsonormal"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> makes it possible to do the academic test of the University of Tartu electronically in eight cities across Estonia2017-03-22<p class="xmsonormal"><b>Today, nearly 1,100 people applying to the University of Tartu are taking the online academic test.&nbsp; For the first time, the test can be made electronically and that in addition to Tartu, also in Tallinn, Narva,&nbsp; P&auml;rnu, K&auml;rdla, Haapsalu, V&otilde;ru and Viljandi. The online test can be made in&nbsp; Innove online testing environment. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="xmsonormal">According to the Board Member of Innove, Katri Targama, the possibility to take the online academic test in so many cities is a big step for all student candidates:&nbsp; "Now, the candidates from other regions of Estonia do not have to travel to Tartu in order to take the admission test. This saves both the time and money of candidates," said Targama.</p> <p class="xmsonormal">The test shall be carried out in the agreed exam centres all over Estonia at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. Upon submitting the application for taking the admission test, the candidate was able to choose a suitable testing location. The test shall be carried out in the online testing and support environment of Innove experts, which enables to prepare and carry out electronic tests. Each exam centre will have two persons conducting the test, and the time limit is three&nbsp;hours.</p> <p class="xmsonormal">Katri Targama added that Innove also has the interest and willingness to provide testing services, i.e. the online environment and organisation to all other higher education and vocational schools: &bdquo;In addition to the University of Tartu, we have cooperated for two years with Tallinn University upon conducting the online admission exam. 2017 will be the third consecutive year to do that.&ldquo;. Scoring at least 65 points at the academic test of the University of Tartu enables to apply for most of the study programmes of Bachelor and Professional Higher Education Studies of the University of Tartu. The academic test consists of 150 multiple choice questions. The test can be performed in Estonian or Russian, and the time limit for taking the test is three hours. Test results shall be published on 31 March at the latest. The result is valid for the admissions of 2017.</p> leaders from the Baltic States and the United Kingdom came together to discuss how to ensure strong and quality leadership in schools2017-03-06<p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Around 100 school leaders and ministry and municipality officials from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and United Kingdom took part in an intensive and thought-provoking two &ndash; day educational conference &bdquo;Leading Change in a Changing World&ldquo;.</span></strong></p> <p>The conference took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 2-3 March. Presentations were given by excellent speakers from the UK and the Baltic States:&nbsp;<b>Susan Douglas</b>&nbsp;(British Council) and&nbsp;<b>Kieran Osborne</b>&nbsp;(Hayes School) from the UK,&nbsp;<b>Toomas Kruusim&auml;gi</b>&nbsp;(Tallinn English College, Estonian School Headmasters Association),&nbsp;<b>Zane Olina</b>, PhD (State Education Centre, Latvia),&nbsp;<b>Dr. Jūratė Valuckienė&nbsp;</b>(assoc. Prof. at &Scaron;iauliai University). Also participants heard interesting discussions by international panelists on the topics of school leadership, managing change in the world that is revolving very quickly and inclusive schools.</p> <p>The main goals of the conference were to:</p> <ul> <li>increase knowledge and understanding of some of the key issues associated with school leadership and inclusion;</li> <li>support the improvement and development of inclusive school systems by sharing effective international practice;</li> <li>form international networks to discuss and debate educational issues;</li> <li>explore the role of international collaboration in enabling participants to learn from effective practice.</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>The presentations and gallery can be found <strong><a href="" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</p> <p>The conference was organized by the British Council, SA Innove and Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia.&nbsp;</p> compiles IT security specialist curriculum2017-02-20<p><span>Within a joint project with partners from Estonia, Finland and Latvia, Foundation Innove is compiling the IT security junior specialist curriculum for vocational schools.</span></p> <p><span>"ITSVET" project&rsquo;s aim is to develop an occupational standard and a vocational education and training (VET) curriculum for an IT security junior specialist, generate its innovative content and training methodology. Foundation Innove is responsible for developing the VET curriculum for IT security specialist.</span></p> <p><span>In collaboration with partner schools Tallinn Polytechnic School, RigaTechnical College and Helsinki Business College, modules specifications have been created, including learning outcomes, assessment criteria and implementation plans.</span></p> <p><span>In the present stage of development, the curriculum is being compiled into a coherent whole. For this purpose, the experts are harmonising the wording of objectives for&nbsp; the modules, formulating the objective of the whole curriculum and learning outcomes and consolidating assessing the achievement of learning outcomes. The compatibility of the curriculum with the competences in the occupational standard will also be evaluated. Subsequently, all partners will start adapting the curriculum to fit their own national curriculum systems.</span></p> <p><span><a href="">Click here for more information about ITVET.&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;</a><o:p></o:p></span></p> Reps and Andreas Schleicher addressed the impact of PISA on education policy2017-02-14<p><strong>Today, the Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps met with the Director for Education and Skills at the OECD Andreas Schleicher to discuss Estonia's PISA scores and the impact of PISA on education policy making across the world.</strong><br /> <br /> "PISA test results have sent a clear message to our schools and teachers - your work is world-class. Also, the results serve as an excellent input for analysis and provide solid data for education policy decisions," said Minister <strong>Mailis Reps</strong>.<br /> <br /> "Estonia's consistent high scores have set an example worldwide," said Director for Education and Skills at the OECD <strong>Andreas Schleicher</strong>. According to Schleicher, PISA test results play a greater role in countries where education is higher on the list of priorities. Schleicher believes that Estonia has achieved outstanding scores but we still have room for improvement in terms of valuing the teacher's profession so as to offer intellectual challenges besides a salary raise as well as in terms of promoting natural sciences among students where the schools play a major role. "The more the students enjoy learning natural sciences, the higher their career expectations," underlined the OECD representative.</p> <p>Andreas Schleicher is visiting Estonia in connection with <a href="" target="_blank">the international high-level conference on education</a> taking place today and tomorrow where the Ministers of Education of three countries and representatives from OECD and Boston University discuss PISA results in the context of shaping national education policies.<br /> <br /> Conference participants include education experts from countries around the Baltic Sea who attend workshops to analyse the experience gained by various countries and visit the schools and educational institutions in Tallinn to learn about cutting-edge basic education in Europe.</p> <p><strong>In this PISA test</strong>, Estonia ranked first in Europe and third worldwide after Singapore and Japan. Estonia participated in the PISA test for the fourth time. This time, the test placed special focus on natural sciences. Half of Estonia's 15-year-old students participated in the PISA test.</p> <p></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Watch conference&acute;s livestream again</a></strong><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li></li> </ul> Learning in Estonia - visit by UK Education Department2017-02-07<p><strong>UK Education Department is visiting Estonia to find out more about digital learning possibilities and tools, also how does policy environment support digitalization of schools.</strong></p> <p>Innove hosted the delegation today and made an introduction about developing new learning and assessment tools by answering to the main two questions:</p> <ul> <li>Which assessment tools are currently being tested?</li> <li>Which digital tools are used in schools?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Speakers: Aivar Ots, <i>Ministry of Education and Research</i>, Tanel Oppi,Lea Orro, Einar Rull<i> Innove</i>,<i> </i>Margus Pedaste, <i>University of Tartu.</i></p> <p><img src="/UserFiles/Uudised/DSC_0379.JPG" width="500" height="300" /></p> <p><b><br /></b></p> <p><b>Why Estonia?</b></p> <p><i>&lsquo;When Estonia regained its independence in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, less than half its population had a telephone line and its only independent link to the outside world was a Finnish mobile phone concealed in the foreign minister's garden. Two decades later, it is a world leader in technology.&rsquo; (The Economist, 30 July 2013)</i></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Digital skills are increasingly important for society and for the economy, and preparation for this should begin in the school system. There is a recognition that international curricula and practice need to change in order to meet the need for digital skills.</p> <p>Estonia is considered one of the technology leaders of the world, and the school system presents a stimulating context in which to explore, with local policy makers and practitioners, effective support for digital learning. Using digital tools to improve teaching and learning, and supporting the digital competence of teachers and students is a broad based, long-term priority for the school system; and digital learning is one of the five core priorities of Estonia&rsquo;s Lifelong Learning Strategy (2014-2020).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since 2014, this priority has been reflected in various aspects of the school system:</p> <ul> <li>Changes to the national curriculum</li> <li>Supporting teacher skills through Initial Teacher Training and Continuing Professional Development</li> <li>Providing students and teachers with the necessary digital tools</li> <li>Revising assessment frameworks and exams</li> <li>Providing funding to all of the above</li> </ul> helps to develop vocational education system in Ukraine 2017-02-07<p><b>Estonian&nbsp; delegation of different educational field professionals visited Ukraine from 29 January to 2 February. The goal was to share Estonian knowledge and experiences&nbsp; of major reforms in vocational education system and </b><b>to develop further specific co-operation possibilities between two countries.</b></p> <p></p> <p>The 2 year project called &bdquo;Sharing Estonian experience to support the development of vocational education and training in Ukraine&ldquo; was launched. The project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Western region of Ukraine Volyn Oblast was selected as a prot&eacute;g&eacute;. The leading partner of the project Estonian governmental foundation Innove together with the Ministries &nbsp;of Education in Ukraine and Volyn oblast are hoping to create a model that can be applied to other vocational schools in Ukraine. To test it, 6 vocational schools in Volyn oblast &nbsp;and 5 schools of Estonia are going to work side by side, focusing on school management, curriculum development and teacher training issues to create a systemic approach to reforming vocational education. Cooperation with European Training Foundation (ETF)&nbsp; and employers in helping Ukraine to develop its national qualification system that lays basis for sector based curricula.</p> <p><img src="/UserFiles/Uudised/ukraina2.jpg" width="450" height="350" /></p> <p>During four day visit the Estonian delegation met also Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevych, who was interested in Estonian general and vocational education systems and saw great potential in future cooperation. Mr. Kalle K&uuml;ttis from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research &nbsp;presented PISA results and explained how Estonia managed to achieve them.&nbsp;</p> <p>Estonian representatives had an honor to meet the wife of the Ukranian president Mrs. Poroshenko, who was interested in how Estonia is addressing the issue of&nbsp; providing education for children with special educational needs. Mrs. Poroshenko is leading a charity foundation which goal is to integrate children with disabilities to the society. At the moment there is no programs for children with special needs in Ukraine, therefor knowledge and guidance provided by the Estonians was very much appreciated.</p> <p></p> <p>The next step of the project is a study visit to Estonia in the beginning of April. Representatives from Volyn Oblast and vocational schools of the project will attend seminars and take part in trainings in Innove and their partner schools.&nbsp;</p> learning model’s classroom pilot2017-01-24<p>In school year 2016-17, 250 schools based in 10 EU countries began their classroom pilot phase of the Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020 (ATS2020) project. 1,000 teachers and 10,000 students will provide data, which will ultimately be used to enhance teaching, learning and assessment across Europe. From Estonia 26 schools, 70 teachers and 1000 students are participating in the project. The students participating in the project are divided into two types of classes &ndash; experimental classes and control classes.</p> <p>Central to ATS2020 is a classroom pilot, which involves bringing electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) into the classroom and using specially developed innovative approaches and resources to develop and assess transversal skills. The ATS2020 learning model along with <i>My Learning Cycle </i>is used for guidance. The model is implemented only in the experimental classes. The ATS2020 model is comprehensive learning model, which supports the development and assessment of transversal skills embedded in teaching and learning. My Learning Cycle is focused on students learning and using ePortfolios to support formative and summative assessment in the classroom.</p> <p>Prior to the model implementation in the classroom, all of the students from the project&rsquo;s piloting countries participated in a test. From Estonia, 915 students took part in the test during November of 2016. The test was in students&rsquo; mother tongue (in Estonia in Estonian and Russian) and included questions, which required the use of transversal skills. After the classroom pilot, a similar test will be carried out in the end of the school year in order to evaluate the impact of the model.</p> <p>The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="">Further information<br /><br /><br /></a></p> 2015 survey results 2016-12-06<p class="img-right"><a href="/UserFiles/Uudised/Pildid/PISA pilt.jpg" rel="_contentGallery" class="thickbox" target="_blank"><img src="/UserFiles/Uudised/Pildid/thumbs/__thumb_-2-PISA pilt.jpg" /></a></p> <p><strong>Foundation Innove and the Ministry of Education and Research revealed the Estonian results of PISA 2015 survey.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PISA survey is the largest international student survey; this year there were 72 participating countries. It was the fourth time to participate for Estonia and half of the country&rsquo;s 15-year-old students, i.e. 5,587 people, took the test. The main focus of the survey was on sciences.</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Estonian results are stable and very good</strong> across all subjects and these are achieved with lesser financial resources and shorter learning time than in other OECD countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The number of top achievers has increased in all assessed subjects and the amount of students with weaker results in reading has declined. The most significant progress has been made in functional reading, especially in boys' reading skill.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="/UserFiles/&Uuml;ldharidus/PISA 2015/PISA 2015_EESTI_ARUANNE_FINAL.pdf" title="PISA 2015_EESTI_ARUANNE_FINAL.pdf (5.5 MiB)">PISA 2015 Estonian results report</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="/UserFiles/&Uuml;ldharidus/PISA 2015/PISA voldik ENG.pdf" title="PISA voldik ENG.pdf (375 KiB)">PISA 2015 conclusive materials</a></strong></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>PISA survey, conducted by OECD, assesses the knowledge and skills of 15-year-old students in functional reading, mathematics and sciences. The survey measures the capabilities of 15-year-old students to generalise, connect and apply what they learn in school in everyday life. The survey is held in every three years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> master classes and seminars in Georgian colleges2016-12-01<p>VET teachers from Tallinn Construction School, Tartu and Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centres, Estonian Nautical School, Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics, Valga County Vocational Training Centre and R&auml;pina School of Horticulture provided Master classes in 6 Georgian pilot colleges during 21.-25. November 2016.</p> <p>The master classes were supported by the project II &ldquo;Transfer of Estonian Best Practices to Support the Competitiveness of Georgian VET Sector&rdquo;, which is funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-financed by Innove and 9 Estonian VET schools.<br /><br /><a href="">More information about the project</a></p> <p></p> <p><strong>Photos:</strong></p> delegation visiting Estonia2016-10-04<p><strong>The study visit of the representatives of Georgian Universities, Ministry of Education and Science and Unicef Georgia took place on September 24-30 within the framework of a project between Unicef Georgia and Foundation Innove, and financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</strong></p> <p>The visit was organized together with the 2 major teacher training providers in Estonia- Tallinn University and Tartu University.</p> <p>The aim of the programme was to introduce the teacher training curricula and organisation in Estonia. The programme included interactive seminars and visits to the general education schools to see it all in action.</p> <p>The topics covered an overview of the Estonian education system, principles of teacher education and training, organization of pre- and inservice teacher training, professional development of the academic staff and teachers, integration of different subjects in project- based learning. Visits to the Education Innovation Centre at Tallin University and Pedagocicum at Tartu University demonstrated the new learning approaches and techniques, including using of digital learning and teaching materials. As practical teacher training plays an important role in shaping the future teachers, teaching practice and induction year of young teachers was of interest to all the participants.</p> <p>At the end of the programme there were reflections of the study tour and discussions about next steps to improve teacher education in Georgia. All the participants agreed, that Estonian experience is relevant to be used also in Georgian context and next steps for further development of teacher training programmes and organisation were agreed between the participants.<br /><br /><a href="">Additional information about the project.&nbsp;</a></p> and Lifelong Guidance: European Guidance Professionals` Fruitful Exchange in Estonia2016-06-06<p>Euroguidance Estonia hosted a three day exchange in Tallinn, Estonia on e-Services and Lifelong Guidance. The exchange took place on 17th &ndash; 19th May 2016.'</p> <p></p> <p>The focus of the exchange was on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the service delivery in the field of lifelong guidance. The main purpose was to support mutual exchange between participants from different countries, to encourage them in the use of ICT and to collect good practices. The partners in the exchange project were from Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Ireland, in Estonia Foundation Innove (hosting), Tallinn University Centre for Technology in Education, Tallinn University of Technology Innovation and Business Centre Mektory, Enterprise Estonia e-Estonia Showroom.</p> <p>The participants gave feedback to the programme as a whole and evaluated the achievement of &nbsp;learning outcomes.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The general feedback from participants was positive. The participants set a high value on peer-learning, inspiring visit to e-Estonia Showroom, the dynamics and professional people in the group. The participants noted that there could have been more time for facilitated discussions.</span></p> <p>The exchange was a part of international project Academia that organizes exchanges annually. The network has agreed on the mutual expected learning outcomes of the project. The participants were asked to evaluate their experience in the end of the project in a scale 1 to 5. Based on the participant feedback we can conclude that in general the expected learning outcomes were achieved.</p> <p>The highest rating was received by &ldquo;widening my own professional network&rdquo; and &ldquo;receiving an overview of the current world of education, work and lifelong guidance in Estonia&rdquo;. Both got an impressive rating of 95%. Three participants out of four evaluated with maximum mark that they were able to practice professional language, one participant evaluated with a medium mark and noted that she would have preferred more time for joint discussions. &nbsp;The understanding of learning in multicultural environment was a valuable learning outcome for all participants (90%). However participants felt that practicing new tools was rather poor (55%). In majority of the cases the explanation was that they have learned new digital solutions, but not did not actually have enough time to practice these during the exchange.</p> <p></p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Exchange of practice on ICT among participants</em></p> Estonia Inspires Professionals with Latest Developments in Europe2016-05-19<p>A new issue of the Insight &ndash; the Euroguidance network&lsquo;s newsletter has been published.</p> <p>The spring issue consists of interesting articles, interviews and news about guidance all over Europe. Among others Estonia is also represented by Margit Rammo, who has written about initiatives to improve the access and quality of lifelong guidance in Estonia.</p> <p>Read further <a href="">HERE</a>.&nbsp;</p> publication: Euroguidance Estonia is promoting International Dimension in Guidance2016-04-13<p>Innove&rsquo;s International Relations Manager Margit Rammo has introduced e-services in Estonia in the new publication &bdquo;Euroguidance Highlights 2015&ldquo;.</p> <p>Foundation Innove, acting as Euroguidance centre in Estonia, promotes international co-operation to develop e-services in the field of lifelong guidance. &nbsp;</p> <p>Starting from e-elections till e-taxes, e-guidance is an important step to improve access to guidance for the citizens of Estonia.</p> <p>You are welcome to read more about Estonian initiatives and other European countries in <a href="">Euroguidance Highlights 2015</a>.</p> citizenship examinations conducted by Innove become digital 2016-02-05<p><strong>Since 2016 the examinations on the knowledge of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Citizenship Act conducted by Foundation Innove become digital. Digital examinations can be taken in Tallinn, Tartu, J&otilde;hvi and Narva.<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p>According to the head of testing center of Innove Rain Sannik, in addition to Tallinn digital examination option is available to residents of Tartu, J&otilde;hvi and Narva: &ldquo;Digital examinations can be taken in Innove examination centers. The biggest advantage is that results are available immediately after the end of examination. Digital certificate is then made within a couple of business days&rdquo;.</p> <p>The examination consists of 24 multiple choice questions in Estonian language. The examination is considered to be passed if the person correctly answers at least 18 questions. The examination lasts for 45 minutes. It is possible to use the Estonian language texts of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Citizenship Act available in the examination room, as well as a dictionary.</p> <p>In 2015 ca. 500 people have taken examinations on the knowledge of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Citizenship Act. The examinations are organized twice a month in Tallinn and once a month in Tartu, J&otilde;hvi and Narva.<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><br />Additional information</strong> on citizenship examinations is available here: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Sample examination</strong> questions are available here: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Lifelong Guidance in a Nutshell – new publication2016-02-02<p>Agency for Lifelong Guidance has published a new publication: Lifelong Guidance in Estonia.</p> <p>Guidance professionals and experts from other countries are welcome to get an overview on strategies in education and labour sector, reorganisation of services provision in Estonia during 2014 &ndash; 2015 and current structures, institutions, legal framework and qualifications of guidance professionals in Estonia.</p> <p>Experts and practitioners within the field of lifelong guidance are welcome to contact us for further information at <a href=""></a></p> <p></p> <p>View the publication: <a target="_blank" title="Lifelong_Guidance_in_Estonia.pdf (6.0 MiB)" href="/UserFiles/Karj&auml;&auml;riteenused/Karj&auml;&auml;riteenused/Tr&uuml;kised/Lifelong_Guidance_in_Estonia.pdf">Lifelong Guidance in Estonia </a></p> conference "Curriculum Development and Implementation” in Tbilisi 2015-12-07<p><strong>The Conference take place in Tbilisi on 8.-9. December.</strong><br /><br />The Conference aims at discussing national and international practices in the General Education field with focus on development and implementation of national curriculum. The event will bring together national and international specialists and experts who will exchange the best practices that assure achievement of improved learning outcomes in students. Particular attention will be paid to the challenges in the process of curriculum development and implementation, also to the issues of classroom assessment in National Curriculum. The Conference will address the goals of Georgian curriculum and its compliance with national demands and internationally set quality standards. During the Conference, national and international experts will collectively develop recommendations for the implementation of the revised national curriculum in Georgia.</p> <p>The Conference will be attended by representatives of the Georgian education system including teachers, school managers, curriculum experts, education researches, etc. and curriculum experts from Estonia and Finland. In total the Conference will bring together 60 participants.<br />&nbsp;</p> <p>The Conference will be held for one and a half day in Holiday Inn, Tbilisi.</p> <p></p> <p>Organizers: Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia,&nbsp;Embassy of Estonia to Georgia,&nbsp;UNICEF,&nbsp;INNOVE</p> <p><br />- <a href=";type=3">Photos</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>- <a href="">Video</a></p> <p>- <a href="">More information about the projects</a></p> supports Kyrgyz in the field of multilingual education2015-11-18<p>November 16-25, experts from the Foundation Innove Natalja Mjalitsina, Svetlana Belova and Lea Orro are visiting Kyrgyzstan in the frame of the project "Supporting the activities of the Kyrgyzstan team of CLIL trainers and advisers in the field of multilingual education" funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. <br /><br />Innove experts carry out two seminars (in Bishkek and Osh) for Kyrgyz specialists in multilingual education.</p> of ATS2020 project partners in Austria2015-11-18<p>Foundation Innove is a partner in the project &ldquo;The Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020&rdquo; (ATS 2020) funded by the EU under the Key Action 3 of the Erasmus+ programme. <br /><br />The 3rd partner meeting of ATS 2020 was held at the Danube University of Krems in Austria, on 10-11 November 2015. Participants explained and upgraded their activities in each of the nine work packages. Estonia is an essential partner of the Technology and Tools work package, discussions about customisation and development of assessment tools were of particular interest. Estonia was represented by Reet Taimsoo as the Project manager.<br /><br />Two-day meeting of ATS2020 project partners was followed by a two-day workshop for teacher trainers. During the workshop the importance of transversal skills was explained and further demonstrated how they can be integrated into the learning process. Estonia was represented by Ms Elle Reisenbuk and Ms Gunda Tire who are experienced both in teaching and teacher training. At the beginning of next year, Innove will announce the ATS2020 project to schools in Estonia and invite them to participate in it.<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the project&nbsp;</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><img src="/UserFiles/International cooperation/ats.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="/UserFiles/International cooperation/erasmus(2).jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;" /></p> Estonia is promoting e-services in Northern Europe2015-11-17<p><strong>For Estonian citizens, e-services have become routine: e-elections, e-taxes, e-police, e-healthcare, e-banking, and e-school. The &ldquo;e&rdquo; prefix for services has almost become trite in the sense that it has become the norm. Every inhabitant can obtain a smart IDcard that enables him or her to make use of all of these solutions and sign documents digitally. </strong></p> <p></p> <p>The X-Road is the backbone of e-Estonia. It&rsquo;s the invisible yet crucial environment that allows the nation&rsquo;s various e-services databases, both in the public and private sector, to link up and operate in harmony. The X- road is the all-important connection between all these databases, the tool that allows them to work together for maximum impact. Joining the X-Road enables institutions to save resources, since the data exchange layer already exists. This makes data exchange more effective both inside the state institutions as well as regarding the communication between a citizen and the state.</p> <p>It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of systematic exchange and mutual learning at international level. In Estonia, it is truly believed that there is a lot of encouraging experience to learn from other countries. To support the exchange of experience between stakeholders on the development and provision of e-services in the field of lifelong guidance, Euroguidance Estonia hosted the first e-Guidance and e-Governance seminar in Tallinn, October 19th-20th.</p> <p>The original idea to organise an international event on e-Guidance and e-Governance was born during the 7th International Working Symposium on Career Development and Public Policies in June 2015, in Des Moines, USA. There, the national delegations from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Estonia shared interest and experiences on the use of ICT in guidance and agreed to meet later in the autumn. In addition, representatives from Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands were present.</p> <p>Foundation Innove, acting both as Euroguidance centre and the Estonian representative in the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN), is blessed having very good relations with partners both at national and international level. The seminar was organised in co-operation with the representatives of the Finnish the education and labour ministries, the ELGPN Co-ordination Unit in University of Jyv&auml;skyl&auml;, Finish and Estonian stakeholders from education and labour sector as well as from private sector,</p> <p>This initiative has been a crucial accelerator promoting the development of innovative practices and e-services in the field of lifelong guidance.</p> delegation from Saudi Arabia in Innove2015-11-12<p>Today the delegation from Saudi Arabia leaded by Vice Governor Saleh Alshurmani from Public Education Evaluation Commission visited Foundation Innove. <br /><br />The following topics were introduced to the delegation: Estonian pariticipation in international surveys (PISA, TALIS), curricula development in general education, assessment and school evaluation, in-service training of teachers in general education, reorganisation of lifelong guidance in Estonia.</p> delegation visiting Estonia2015-11-11<p><strong>As a part of Unicef Project the delegation of Georgian Ministry of Education and Unicef visited Estonia on November 9-11.</strong> <br /><br />In the delegation was deputy minister of Georgian Ministry of Education and Science Ms Lia Gigauri. In Foundation Innove the following topics were presented: introduction of Foundation Innove, assessment in National Curriculum of general education, organisation of curriculum counselling etc. On November 10th the group attended the Ministry of Education and Research and also the meeting with Estonian Minister of Education and Research, Mr J&uuml;rgen Ligi, was held. During the stay in Estonia the group visited three general education schools in Tallinn: Peetri School, Tallinn Pae Upper-Secondary School and Tallinn Pelgulinna School. On November 11th the director of Georgian Education Management Information System (EMIS) had a meeting with the manager of Estonian Education Information System Mr Margus K&auml;rner from Ministry of Education and Research.<br /><br /><a href=";">Video&nbsp;</a></p> Festival "Vocational education is your chance!“ took place in Tbilisi2015-10-10<p><strong>The conference-festival &ldquo;Vocational education is your chance&rdquo; was organized by Foundation Innove and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research in Tbilisi on 6-7 October.It was final event of Estonian-Georgian VET project funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</strong><br /><br />The conference was opened by the Estonian Ambassador in Georgia, the Deputy Minister of Georgian Ministry of Education and Science and Deputy Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Musical greetings were provided by Estonian students of Music School and Georgian dancers.&nbsp;The conference gave an overview of the results achieved by long-term co-operation between the Ministries of Education of Georgia and Estonia, Foundation Innove and 16 partner vocational colleges of the two countries. Partner colleges introduced their schools and study programmes.<br /><br />The conference was attended by representatives of Georgian and Estonian vocational schools, representatives of both ministries of education and other international organizations active in the field of vocational education.<br />On October 7 the balloon show took place to popularize the vocational education as one of the career options. The show was attended by participants of the conference and students from Georgian partner colleges. The event received wide coverage in the local media.<br /><br />In the following days the vocational education promotion events were held in partner colleges, in the regions of Georgia.<br /><br /><strong><em>We would like to thank the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia for the assistance provided in organising the conference.</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p> <h4>Pesentations and photos of the Learning Festival as well as project video:</h4> <p><strong>-</strong> <strong><a href="">Video film</a></strong>&nbsp;of the project<br /><strong>- <a href=";type=3">Photos</a></strong><br /><strong>- Presentations:</strong><br /><a href="" title="10 years of cooperation between Georgian and Estonian partners.pdf (1.9 MiB)">10 years of cooperation-what has been achieved</a><br /><a href="" title="Vocational education in Estonia 2015.pdf (669 KiB)">Vocational Education in Estonia</a><br /><a href="" title="Presentatsioon uus projekt 2015-2017.pdf (324 KiB)">New project 2015-2017</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please find <strong>background information</strong> about 10years of Estonian-Georgian cooperation <strong><a href="/UserFiles/International cooperation/Background information.pdf" title="Background information.pdf (183 KiB)">here.<br /><br />&nbsp;</a></strong></p> Conference in Tallinn2015-09-17<p><strong>Tallinn European School is hosting the Associated European Schools Network Conference 17. - 18 September.</strong></p> <p>Delegates representing 11 Accredited Schools from 10 different countries as well as representatives from various agencies will deliberate on topics including language support, harmonization between Accredited European Schools and collaboration between teachers.<br /><br /><a href="">Additional information</a>&nbsp;</p> reports and Comparative report are available now2015-09-01<p>We invite you to read four "National reports on quality assurance systems and mechanisms in vocational education and training" (Polish, British, Estonian and Slovenian) as well as the "Comparative report" that have been prepared in the course of the Erasmus+ project "European Solutions in Quality Assurance". <br /><br />The following topics are included: legislation, quality assurance systems and their implementation both at national and school level, the needs and challenges in quality assurance. The authors of Estonian report are Kalle Toom (R&auml;pina School of Horticulture, Rita Siilivask (Ministry of Education and Research, Marge Kroonm&auml;e (EKKA), Aili K&otilde;iv, Lea Orro and Evelin Silla (Innove).<br /><br /><strong>The national reports</strong> of Estonia, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Poland are available <a href="">here.</a>&nbsp;<br /><strong>The comparative report</strong> is available <a href="">here.</a><br /><br /><em>Further information:<a href="mailto:"></a>, <a href=""></a></em></p> to Georgian General Education in co-operation with UNICEF2015-08-27<p><strong>Since 2014 United Nations Children&rsquo;s Fund (UNICEF)&nbsp;Georgia and Foundation Innove support the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science in updating the national curricula for the general education, and initial teacher training programs in eight universities of Georgia. This project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</strong></p> <p>This summer, three experts from Innove&rsquo;s Education Agency were visiting Georgian Ministry of Education and Science, i.e. Einar V&auml;r&auml;, Einar Rull and Elle Reisenbuk. They shared the Estonian experience in curriculum development and implementation concerning natural sciences, social sciences and ICT. By the end of August, recommendations on the syllabi for grades 7&ndash;9 will be completed and sent to Georgian colleagues. In November, the study visit of specialists from the Georgian Ministry and UNICEF to Estonia will take place. Estonian side will also help to organize a conference on the topic of curricula in Tbilisi that is going to take place in early December.&nbsp;</p> <p>In collaboration with experts from the University of Tallinn, our experience in developing of initial teacher training programs was shared with the Georgian side. Our experts have introduced the developments in teacher training in Estonia and other countries, and based on the discussions on the content and delivery of Georgian initial teacher training programmes, recommendations for the development of university programs will be proposed together with Unicef Georgia.</p> <p>There is also a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Georgian and Estonian Ministries of Education and Foundation Innove for mutual cooperation in general education. This cooperation will continue also next year.<br /><br /><em><a href="">Additional information</a></em></p> of project ATS 2020 partners in Slovenia2015-08-11<p>The 2nd partner meeting of the Erasmus+ project The Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020 (ATS 2020) was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia 1.-2. July 2015. Estonia was represented by Reet Taimsoo as the Project manager and &Uuml;lle Kikas as the representative of the associate partner the Ministry of Education and Research.<br /><br />Innove is a partner in the project ATS 2020 funded by the EU under the Key Action 3 of the Erasmus+ programme. Cyprus Pedagogical Institute is the coordinator of a Consortium in which 17 organisations from ten countries are partners: Cyprus, Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Spain, Slovenia and Estonia. ATS2020 project aims to propose a model for students&rsquo; learning that facilitates students to develop transversal skills. At the same time it aims to give teachers innovative tools to assess these skills. The project will test and further develop assessment approaches and practices in 10 pilot countries working with 250 schools and involving 1000 teachers and 10,000 learners. The evidence will help national ministries and the EU to formulate informed policies and implementation strategies in this area.<br /><br />The project began in March 2015 and will finish in February 2018. <br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the project.</a></p> for the school year 2015/2016 has begun2015-02-11<p><b>Tallinn European School (TES) has begun admission for the school year 2015/2016. We are inviting children of families from the international community residing in Estonia as well as Estonian families who have been living abroad for a number of years, and who are returning home, to join our school. Admission to nursery, primary and secondary is open until 15 March. </b></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">TES, which opened its doors in August 2013, provides high quality and internationally recognized education for children from the international community residing in Estonia. There has been great interest in the new school and it has rapidly increased after the successful launch. Currently, we have 120 students and more than 40 different nationalities represented in our school.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The availability of high quality and internationally recognized education is an important argument to attract highly skilled international labour to Estonia. When moving to Estonia, employees of the European Union, foreign experts, diplomats and others require an effective and convenient network of services for their families. There is an increasing need for international education for Estonian families returning home but whose children have already started school in another country. Their adaptation to Estonian schools would be difficult due to the large difference in the curriculum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">According to School Director Olavi Otepalu during the two years of existence the school has received a lot of positive feedback from the parents: &ldquo;When parents move to Estonia, they don&rsquo;t want their children to just attend school here, but want them to receive an education that is of high quality. For a well-rounded development of our students we have been able to create physical conditions and a positive atmosphere in which it is very important to value the cooperation between the school, student and home.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In TES, instruction is generally given in the language of the respective sections, which are English, French or German. In addition, there is a big emphasis on learning other foreign languages. TES follows the European Schools&rsquo; curriculum, which has been prepared in accordance with all the requirements set out by the Member States of the European Union. For the school year 2015/2016, the school will open the first upper secondary class, i.e. the European Baccalaureate&rsquo;s Secondary 5 class that should be the first class from the school to graduate in the spring of 2018.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Submission of applications for the school year 2015/2016 will take place until 15 March and notices of acceptance will be sent to parents in April. For more information about the terms of admission visit TES website </span><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Tallinn European School was established by state-owned foundation Innove and has received an official accreditation to provide education based on the European Schools&rsquo; curriculum. TES, which opened its doors on 26 August 2013, is located in a newly renovated and child friendly school building in &Uuml;lemiste City, at Keevise 2.</span></p> International Conference that Opens Today Focuses on Assessment of Students in the 21st Century 2014-11-06<p><b>On 6-8 November Tallinn hosts the educational conference &ldquo;Assessment of Students in a 21<sup>st</sup> Century World&rdquo; of the international educational association <i>Association for Educational Assessment (</i>AEA). The 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary conference of the organization is held in Estonia, in the conference centre of Meriton Grand Conference Spa Hotel.<i></i></b></p> <p>The speakers of the conference include numerous experts in the area of education who are well-known and acknowledged around the world. Thus, for example, the key speakers are Randy Bennet,&nbsp; Art Graesser, and Alar Kolk. From the Estonian side the conference is opened by member of the Riigikogu Jaak Aaviksoo and a member of the Board of the Foundation Innove Robert Lippin.</p> <p>According to Jaak Aaviksoo, life in the 21<sup>st</sup> century requires a person to have a lot of different skills besides academic knowledge, &ldquo;The key words for today&rsquo;s world are ability to adopt, creativity, critical thinking, information technology, decision making, and teamwork. In addition to correct and flawless answers, we have to learn to appreciate all those skills without which even the most intelligent person cannot cope in the future&rdquo;.</p> <p>Around 260 education specialists from all over the world &ndash; from Finland to Bangladesh and Nepal &ndash; participate in the conference. The programme of the three conference days includes both presentations and numerous topic-based workshops.</p> <p>The conference is held in the conference centre of Meriton Grand Conference Spa Hotel. The Estonian partner organization of the conference is the Foundation Innove. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>T</strong>he Foundation Innove is a competency centre in the area of general and vocational education and education support services as well as a mediator of the EU structural aid. The Foundation was established under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Research in 2003.</p> <p><b>The conference homepage and programme</b>: <a href=""></a><br /> <b>Key speakers:</b> Randy Bennet <a href="">learn more</a>; Art Graesser <a href="">learn more</a>; Alar Kolk <a href="">learn more</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Foundation Innove has produced a film introducing its areas of expertise2014-09-25<p><exact:content_filter filter="tinymce" type="youtube" width="480" height="295" id="pZf4mtpiHA4" theme="" show_related_checkbox="1" show_border_checkbox="" hd_checkbox="" autoplay_checkbox="" loop_checkbox="" fs_checkbox="1" showsearch_checkbox="1" showinfo_checkbox="1" flash_version="8.0.0"></exact:content_filter></p> conference „Assessment of Students in a 21st Century World“2014-09-17<p>AEA-Europe helds it&acute;s 15th annual conference in Tallinn in the Meriton Grand&nbsp; Hotel&nbsp; November 6-8th&nbsp; 2014. Local host is Foundation Innove.<br /><br /></p> <p>Theme of the conference is <strong>&bdquo;Assessment of Students in a 21st Century World&ldquo;.</strong></p> <p><br />One day prior to the start of conference four workshops are held.</p> <p>First dealing with different conceptions of 21st Century professional skills with a specific emphasis on feedback, ICT and learning such skills, formative and adaptive activites and corresponding teacher training. Norvegian online program for mathematics teachers and Swedish one to improve grading skills will be analysed by Steven Dobson, Australia.</p> <p>Second dedicated to assessment of impact of an educational intervention using comparative judgement in electronic environment Workshop will be held by Chris Weadon, UK.</p> <p>Third workshop will be refreshing participants knowledge in Classical Test Theory (CTT), Item Response Theory (IRT) and in Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). As an example, developed by CITO students monitoring system will be discussed by Theo Eggen and Frans Kleintjes, Netherland.</p> <p>Fourh dealing with validity, a coherent system for ensuring that exams assess what is important, everything what is important and nothing but what is important in the case of school exams. The workshop will also cover, how to develop exam specifications and marking shemes. Workshop is lead by Alastair Pollitt, UK.</p> <p><br />First star guest to start the conference is Randy Bennett from ETS, USA with presentation &bdquo;Measuring Well and Modeling Good Teaching and Learning Practice. An Example from CBAL &ndash; Cognitively Based Assessment (as, for, of) Learning&ldquo;. On the basis of content standards and learning science research a domain-specific competency models are developed. Teaching, testing and teacher training is later based on these domain-specific competency models. Instead of one summative test a lot of smaller summative and formative e-tests are used, which are also learning experience, give at the end more valid results, serve also formative ourpose and give sytem level feedback. There exists a CBAL component to assist activities of organised teachers professional communities.</p> <p><br />Second day is opened by our own Estonian star Alar Kolk, President of European Innovation Academy, who will speak about &bdquo;Innovation, Education, Assessment: Real Time Action&ldquo;. After that Patricia Broadfoot from University of Bristol, UK, will give an overview, which is based on extensive literature, how technologically aided assessment will actually contribute (or not contribute) to the good learning and teaching.</p> <p>Art Graesser from University of Memphis, USA, merges in his presentation the best traditions of psychology, pedagogy, e-learning and gaming. On evidence based approaches he tells us, how can computer analyses of language, text and conversation be woven into learning and assessment. How to construct a digital tutor, which operates in virtual world and is nearly as good as real tutor.</p> <p><br />In addition to keynote speakers, there will be a plenty of parallel sessions, where best experts in the field of assesment share their knowledge.</p> <p></p> <p>Information: <a href=""></a></p> First Trial of Electronic National Standardized Tests in Fifty Schools Was Conducted Successfully 2014-05-30<p><b>In May Estonian schools had a possibility to do national standardized tests for Form 6 digitally, in addition to paper tests, for the first time. School showed a strong interest towards digital tests; the total of 1342 pupils from 52 schools all over Estonia did national standardized tests in the electronic form in such subjects as Mathematics, the </b><b>Estonian language, and the Russian language. Teachers and pupils&rsquo; feedback on e-tests was very positive. Implementation of different electronic tests is to be increasingly continued every year. </b><b></b></p> <p>For conducting of electronic tests the Foundation Innove had developed an examination data base (EIS), where the trial of e-tasks solved by such a large number of pupils and of the task-solving environment was conducted for the first time. Comparing to national standardised tests on paper, conducting of e-tests requires schools and teachers to be more flexible and to have a modern computer classroom and digital competences.</p> <p>Besides the subject knowledge, e-tests also studied pupils&rsquo; motivation to solve tasks electronically as well as the question whether the way e-tasks measure acquired competences is different from their measurement by means of tests on paper. A detailed analysis of tasks and tests is being composed, and the suggestions made by the schools are being analyzed.</p> <p>The schools could choose in which electronic national standardized tests, developed by the Foundation Innove, they were willing to participate. 651 pupils from 31 schools took the e-test in the Estonian language for Form 6. 1035 pupils from 47 schools did the e-test in Mathematics for Form 6. The e-test in the Russian language for Form 6 was chosen by 221 pupils from 10 schools.</p> <p>Under the agreement between the Foundation Innove and the Ministry of Education and Research, journalists can examine the new national standardised tests and the examination data base, also in person. &nbsp;</p> <p>Both customary and the new trial national standardized tests aim at providing pupils, teachers and the school community with feedback on acquired skills and the readiness to apply them. Another aim is to gather information about teaching and learning of a subject, i.e. whether any improvements need to be implemented in the curriculum, study materials and teacher training and which improvements they are.</p> <p>The Foundation Innove and the Ministry of Education and Research emphasize that schools do not have to prepare pupils especially for national standardized tests, and that the aim is not to grade the tests or to compose rankings. A national standardized test is to provide a possibly objective overview of the taught content.</p> <p><strong>T</strong>he Foundation Innove is a competency centre in the area of general and vocational education and education support services as well as a mediator of the EU structural aid. The Foundation was established under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Research in 2003.&nbsp;</p> European School Has Been Granted the International Accreditation of European Schools 2014-04-03<p>The accreditation procedure of Tallinn European School was completed in March 2014. In the course of the procedure, Tallinn European School which was opened in August of 2013 was granted the official accreditation for offering general education based on the European Schools curriculum. The accreditation guarantees that the education provided in the school is acknowledged both within and outside the European Union.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Robert Lippin, a member of the Management Board of the Foundation Innove, says that the possibility to provide education based of the international curriculum on such a level is an added value to the reputation of the Estonian Republic, &ldquo;On coming to live in Estonia, European Union officials, external experts, diplomats and others need an efficient and convenient servicing network for their families. European schools guarantee the same education within the European Union, and this is one of the most convincing arguments about coming to Estonia&rdquo;.</p> <p>During the seven months since the school was opened it has attracted a great interest of the international community and the feedback on the school has been very positive.</p> <p>School director Olavi Otepalu says that the background of the school&rsquo;s experience so far has created trust towards the school, the evidence of which is now confirmed by the international accreditation, &ldquo;Our school provides high-quality and internationally acknowledged general education at all stages. Another peculiarity of the school is that it is the only school in Estonia providing education on the basis of the internationally acknowledged curriculum at the level of basic school i.e. in Grades 6 &ndash; 9&rdquo;.&nbsp; <br /><br />At the moment 97 pupils study at Tallinn European School, and there are 36 different nationalities represented in the school family on the whole. The main languages of instruction are English, French, and German. The school also pays great attention to studying other foreign languages. The study process is based on the European Schools curriculum which is developed according to requirements of all the member-states of the European Union.</p> <p>Tallinn European School was founded by the Foundation Innove on the initiative of the Ministry of Education and Research in 2013. The reason for opening of the school was the need to offer possibilities for education to children of the employees of the IT Agency of the European Union which was established in 2012 as well as to children of all other experts, diplomats, lecturers, etc. who arrived in Estonia from abroad.</p> <p>Besides Tallinn European School, the state has supported provision of international general education in Tallinn English College and Tartu Miina H&auml;rma G&uuml;mnaasium, where the study process is based on the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB curriculum).</p>' PISA Problem-Solving Scores 3rd in Europe 2014-04-03<p>Estonian 15-year-olds rank 12th of 44 countries worldwide in problem-solving skills, according to Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test scores released by the OECD today.</p> <p>PISA tests measure student aptitude in three major categories; math, reading and science. In math and reading, in results released late last year, Estonians were 11th in 2012. In science, they were sixth.</p> <p>Similar to the overall results, Asian countries took the top seven places in problem solving (pdf here). Canada, Australia, Finland and England also outdid Estonia. Estonia's score, which was 515. Singapore's 562 led all countries. The world's lowest score was around 400.</p> <p>Estonia's scores overall were comparable to those for Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Italy and the US.</p> <p>In Estonia, differences between students whose language of instruction is Estonian and Russian are large. In particular, girls studying in Russian score much lower than their peers. PISA's Estonian national project manager Gunda Tire said the difference between girls at Estonian-language and Russian-language schools - 49 points - comes down to about 1.5 years of classroom advancement.</p> <p>Estonian schoolchildren are stronger at solving static problems - where all of the information needed to solve the problem is provided - than interactive ones. Tire said the study environment at Estonian schools was the reason. If teachers were better trained in using technological devices in school, she said, Estonian scores would improve in regard to interactive problems, where more creativity and enterprising approaches are required.</p> <p>Location of the school was also significant. Students in larger towns and cities were the better problem solvers, with a 5 percent edge over the overall figure for all schools.</p> <p>But although averages in some departments could be better, Estonia has very few students with low problem-solving skills. With 85 percent of students at least at basic level (level two of six), Estonia is second in Europe only to Finland in this regard.</p> <p>The Education Ministry's external evaluation department adviser Maie Kitsing said that while problem-solving skills are good among 15-year-olds, PIAAC study results show that problem-solving skills among adults are not as high.</p> <p><br />Background:</p> <p>* PISA measures 15-year-olds' skills and knowledge in math, functional literacy and science. <br />* Estonia has been taking part in the PISA study since 2006, with around 4,700-4,800 students each year.<br />* Estonian pupils were 11th in the world in math and reading and 6th in science this year. <br />* A sample PISA problem solving test is available here.<br />&nbsp;</p> European School started admission of pupils2014-02-19<p><b>Tallinn European School started the admission of pupils for the school year 2014/2015 and is waiting for the children of the international community in Estonia to join the school. Admission for nursery, primary and secondary school children is open until March 31.</b></p> <p>Tallinn European School which opened its doors in August 2013, offers a high level and internationally acknowledged general education for the children of the international community living in Estonia. Interest towards the new school has grown substantially after the successful launching of the school. There are currently 94 children studying at the school and a total of 36 nationalities are represented.</p> <p>Tallinn European School has received very positive feedback from the international community living in Estonia because when moving to Estonia, the officials, external experts and diplomats of the European Union also need a functioning and comfortable service network for their families. European Schools provide uniform education inside the EU and Tallinn European School serves as a strong argument for the foreigners to move to Estonia.</p> <p>Italian Izabela Gostisa has two of her children studying at Tallinn European School. According to her, the existence of the European School was the decisive factor why her family decided to move to Estonia. "If our children's education had suffered due to the non-existence of the European School, probably children and I would have not followed my husband to Tallinn and our family would now be living a hard separate life. Initially I had my doubts and fears but after the first visit and meeting with the school family, it was clear that our children were in good hands here. I am very happy with our selection of the school."</p> <p>Director of the school Olavi Otepalu says: "For the parents, the most important thing is the education of their children and sparks in their eyes. I am very glad that within only six months we have won the trust of the parents and we daily experience the enthusiasm on the faces of our children, eager to learn."</p> <p>The languages of instruction at the school are mainly English, French and German. Additionally, one priority of the school is teaching other foreign languages. The learning activities are based on the curriculum of European Schools which is based on the requirements presented by all EU member states.</p> <p>Documents for the school year 2014/2015 can be submitted until March 31, admission notices are sent to parents in April. For more information visit the Website of Tallinn European School at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Tallinn European School was established by Foundation Innove and is officially accredited for providing education based on the curriculum of European Schools. The school which opened its doors on 26 August 2013 is located in a newly renovated and child friendly schoolhouse in &Uuml;lemiste City, at Keevise 2.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Additional information and questions: <br />Helen Kolk, phone: 735 0550, e-mail: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Examination Can Be Taken Electronically 2014-02-10<p>Beginning from the present year the examination on the knowledge of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Citizenship Act can be taken electronically. The first electronic examination was held in Tallinn on 8 February, 2014. <br /> <br /> The content and requirements are the same in both the paper-based and electronic test. The examination test consists of 24 multiple choice questions in the Estonian language. In order to pass the examination, the candidate is to provide correct answers to at least 18 questions. Depending on the candidate, the examination lasts 10 &ndash; 45 minutes. In the examination centre an examination candidate can use the Estonian-language text of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Citizenship Act and a dictionary. <br /> In February and March the electronic examination can be taken in Tallinn only, later on the possibility will also be offered in other examination centres.</p> 508 Pupils Registered for State Examinations 2014 2014-02-08<p>10&nbsp;508 examination candidates have registered for state examinations conducted by the Foundation Innove in 2014. The exam candidates include 8430 high school pupils, 784 pupils who already have secondary education, and 1294 pupils of vocational training institutions. The total of 27&nbsp;216 examinations will be taken in 2014.</p> <p>Starting from the present academic year a pupil has to take the following state examinations in order to finish high school: the Estonian language or Estonian as a second language examination, the general or specific mathematics examination, and the foreign language examination.</p> <p>Besides the three mandatory state examinations, all graduates will also have to pass a school examination, individual to each school, and to submit a research paper or project.</p> High School Final Examination System 2014-01-14<p>The class of 2014 will face a new final examination system, with a more limited choice of subjects.</p> <p>The current system is that students take an Estonian language exam and then choose four more state exams. Instead, they will have to take three mandatory exams - Estonian language, math and one foreign language.</p> <p>Students will have a choice of two math exams, either a general exam or one specific field.</p> <p>All students will have to pick one foreign language from English, German, Russian or French, with those who pass receive an international B2 certificate.<br />The first exam will take place on April 23.</p> <p>Besides the three mandatory state exams, all graduates will also have to pass a school exam, individual to each school, and submit a research paper or project.<br /><br /><a href=""><strong>Read more</strong></a></p> Greetings from Innove2013-12-23<p>Foundation Innove wishes You a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!</p> <p></p> <p class="center"><a href="/UserFiles/Organisatsioonist/kaart-veeb.jpg" rel="_contentGallery" class="thickbox" target="_blank"><img src="/UserFiles/Organisatsioonist/kaart-veeb.jpg" /></a></p> 2012 results for Estonia2013-12-03<p style="text-align: justify;">PISA survey measures knowledge and skills of 15-year students in three domains: mathematics, reading and science. Primary goal of the study is to assess how well students nearing the end of the compulsory education have acquired knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of the society and apply their knowledge to real life problems. PISA survey results allow objective comparison of the compulsory education level in Estonia and other countries. <strong>Estonia has previously participated in PISA 2006 and 2009 cycles.</strong><br /><br /><strong>In PISA 2012 the main domain of assessment was mathematics, reading and science being minor domains.</strong> Apart from the test booklets all students filled out student questionnaire which provides student background information, attitudes towards mathematics and school.<br /><br />510 000 students from 65 countries participated in PISA 2012 assessment. In Estonia 5867 students participated. <strong>Total number of 15 year-olds in Estonia in 2012 was 12 439</strong>, this means that almost half of the PISA age population was assessed.<br /><br /><strong>206 Estonian schools participated,</strong> 166 schools were with Estonian as the language of instruction, 37 with Russian as language of instruction and 3 mixed language schools. 79% of the students (1917 girls and 1867 boys) took the test in Estonian and 21% of the students (492 girls and 503 boys) took it in Russian.<br /><br /><strong>Results</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>The performance of Estonian 15-year-olds in the participating country comparison is very good.</li> <li>Survey results give an evaluation to changes implemented in the education system, show the direction of the development in the country and predict its future workforce.</li> <li>High student performance shows that students are ready to meet the challenges of the modern society and continue their education successfully in the next level of their schooling.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />See full summary of PISA 2012 results for Estonia <a title="PISA_2012_results_Estonia.pdf (653 KiB)" href="/UserFiles/&Uuml;ldharidus/PISA 2012/PISA_2012_results_Estonia.pdf"><strong>HERE</strong></a>.</p> Innove celebrated its 10th anniversary with conference2013-11-11<p style="text-align: justify;">Foundation Innove celebrated its 10th anniversary with conference on November 1st, 2013 in Tallinn.<br /><br />The objective of the conference was to introduce to our partners Innove&rsquo;s different activities (general education, vocational education, lifelong guidance services, implementation of EU funds) through catching presentations. The conference consisted of presentations, panel sessions and workshops. <br /><br />Conference presentations you can loor from <a href="">here </a>(in Estonian) and pictures <a href="">here</a>.</p> European School will have opening ceremony today2013-08-26<p style="text-align: justify;">Tallinn's European School is being opened today, with 75 students registered to start in September.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The school, offering nursery through secondary education, is founded foremost for the children of people working for the EU, but also caters to diplomats and employees of international organizations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The primary language of instruction is English, but French is also offered at the nursery school level. Language courses are also offered in German, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, and more languages will be available upon demand.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" sizset="false" sizcache046218130177856864="22 41 4">More information about Tallinn European School you will find: <a href=""></a>.</p> European School opened its new webpage2013-08-13<p sizset="false" sizcache047118521838986343="22 41 1" sizcache030552927523257084="22 41 1" sizcache014189820887437138="22 41 1" sizcache06674922158471314="22 41 1" sizcache01981918268952903="22 41 1" sizcache047273290247505783="152 41 1">Tallinn European School launched its new website on 9th of August. You will find our new homepage at <a href=""></a></p> vocational educational students participated in WorldSkills 20132013-07-11<p style="text-align: justify;">From 2 to 7th July 10 brave students from vocational education went to Germany to represent Estonia on international skills competitions WorldSkills 2013. This year 53 countries and more than 1000 competitors participated in WorldSkills 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Estonian young masters competed in 8 vocations: print media technology (11th position), mechatronics (23rd position), landscape&nbsp; gardening (15th position), floristry (13th position), cabinetmaking (11th position), wall and floor tiling (21st position), painting and decorating (14th position) and IT network systems administration (22nd position). The cabinetmaker was awarded with the &ldquo;Best of nation&rdquo; medal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Leipzig, Germany, the 42nd WorldSkills competitions were held. Competitions are held every other year and WorldSkills is one of the most important events for testing and demonstrating vocational students&rsquo; professional performance. The competition lasts several days and competitors test their skills against demanding international standards. Technical performance, teamwork, communication and the ability to work with projects are evaluated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Foundation Innove coordinates youth skills competitions in Estonia and equips young people for the international skills competitions EuroSkills and WorldSkills. Foundation Innove represents Estonia in the organizations responsible for international skills competitions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" sizset="false" sizcache047844459128217753="22 41 5" sizcache01548467229139412="256 41 15" sizcache0258726481695059="22 41 9" sizcache01829362888554808="5599 41 36" sizcache0341757338518637="22 41 8" sizcache014611903175995228="22 41 5" sizcache007658397610649858="88 41 14" sizcache034503739874390926="956 41 17" sizcache0024174490758391564="22 41 5" sizcache09347123641890072="22 41 5" sizcache05336396041699805="22 41 5">Information about WorldSkills 2013: <a href=""></a>.</p> Open Day of Tallinn European School 2013-06-18 School Newsletter2013-06-11<p sizset="false" sizcache029211331475800645="22 41 2"><strong sizset="false" sizcache029211331475800645="22 41 2"><a href="">Newsletter</a></strong></p> on Europe Day! 2013-05-09<p sizset="false" sizcache05781746144710688="22 41 3" sizcache0657354619339017="291 41 13" sizcache07309315348336083="1659 41 18" sizcache07385496307449075="22 41 3">Today we celebrate the 63rd year of unity and peace in Europe. On 9 May 1950 the former French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the first move towards the creation of what is now known as the European Union.<br />&nbsp;<br />Today all over Europe parties, parades, fairs, exhibitions and seminars are being held to commemorate this special occasion. We hereby invite you and your family to attend the Europe Day celebrations to be held on Vabaduse v&auml;ljak on 11 May 2013, from 11 AM to 3 PM (<a href=""></a>). You can find Tallinn European School in</p> <p class="img-right" sizset="false" sizcache05781746144710688="22 41 5" sizcache0657354619339017="291 41 15" sizcache07309315348336083="1659 41 20" sizcache07385496307449075="22 41 5"><a class="thickbox" href="" rel="_contentGallery" target="_blank"><img src="" /></a></p> <p sizset="false" sizcache07309315348336083="977 41 3">the marquee allocated for the embassies based in Estonia. <br />&nbsp;<br />We congratulate the people of the Member States and everybody who stand for the creation of a peaceful and joyful future for our children!</p> <p sizset="false" sizcache07309315348336083="977 41 3">&nbsp;</p> <p sizset="false" sizcache07309315348336083="977 41 3">With kind regards,</p> <p>The team of Tallinn European School</p> open meeting for potential parents2013-03-07<p sizset="false" sizcache046392426322717533="22 41 5">Tallinn European School is expecting all the potential parents to attend an informative open meeting on 27 March 2013 at 6 PM. <br /><br />The director, Mr Olavi Otepalu, will introduce the new school and all questions regarding Tallinn European School will be answered. <br /><br />Please give your RSVP latest by 24 March 2013 &ndash; email: <a href=""></a> or phone: +372 735 0557.<br /><br /><a href="">Additional information</a>.</p> competition Young Master 20132013-03-05<p>Additional information: <a href=""></a></p> offers of Tallinn European School2013-02-20<p sizset="false" sizcache08944042417072773="22 41 2">The Tallinn European School will be opened at the end of August 2013. The Tallinn European School is looking for teachers.</p> <p sizset="false" sizcache08944042417072773="425 41 7"><strong sizset="false" sizcache08944042417072773="425 41 7"><a href="">Additional information</a></strong></p> to Tallinn European School2013-02-15<p sizset="false" sizcache08483996525024731="22 41 1">Tallinn European School is a new educational institution located in Tallinn. The school will be opened at the end of August 2013.</p> <p sizset="false" sizcache08483996525024731="289 41 4"><a href="">Additional information</a></p> on the Constitution and Citizenship Act2013-01-26<ul> <li>The examinations of 2013 are held in <strong>Tallinn, J&otilde;hvi, Narva and Tartu</strong>:</li> </ul> <p>26.01.2013 <br />16.02.2013 <br />23.03.2013 <br />27.04.2013 <br />25.05.2013 <br />29.06.2013 <br />31.08.2013 <br />21.09.2013 <br />26.10.2013 <br />23.11.2013 <br />28.12.2013</p> <p></p> <p></p> <ul> <li>The examinations of 2013 are held in <strong>Valga, P&auml;rnu and Rakvere</strong>:</li> </ul> <p>05.04.2013<br />01.11.2013</p> <p jquery1343288343304="3">&nbsp;</p> <p>- <a href="" target="_blank">Organisation of the examination on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>- <a href="" target="_blank">About the examination on the knowledge of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act of the Republic of Estonia</a></p> <h4><br />Contact points of the&nbsp;Foundation Innove:</h4> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Kersti V&otilde;lu Training Centre</strong></p> <p>Tartu mnt 2, J&Otilde;HVI</p> <p>Contact: Kersti V&otilde;lu</p> <p>Reception Mon &ndash; Fri, 8 AM &ndash; 5 PM</p> <p>Tel 335 2137</p> <p><br /><strong>Narva College</strong></p> <p>Estonian House in Narva</p> <p>Kerese 14, room 118, NARVA</p> <p>Reception Mon &ndash; Fri, 8.30 AM &ndash; 4.30 PM</p> <p>Tel 356 1985</p> <p><br /><strong>Language Building of the University of Tartu</strong></p> <p>N&auml;ituse 2, room 110, TARTU</p> <p>Reception Mon &ndash; Fri, 9 AM &ndash; 4 PM</p> <p>Tel 737 5358</p> <p><br /><strong>Foundation Innove</strong></p> <p>L&otilde;&otilde;tsa 4, 11415 Tallinn</p> <p>Reception Mon &ndash; Fri, 9 AM &ndash; 5 PM</p> <p>Tel 735 0500</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><br /><em>GOOD LUCK ON THE EXAM!</em></p> strategy for lifelong guidance in Estonia2012-11-25<p style="text-align: justify;" class="Default">Since the beginning of 2012, a cross-ministerial initiative has been preparing a strategy on Career Services for the 2014&minus;2020 development period in Estonia. The process has been led by the National Resource Centre for Guidance at the Foun-dation Innove. Innove is currently responsible for delivering and tendering some elements of the European Social Fund (ESF) measures concerning lifelong learning and guidance in Estonia. <br /><br />The national strategy paper has been prepared by a national expert group linked to the work of the national guidance forum. The paper builds on the national developments that have taken place over the last decade since the last ETF country report (2002&minus;2003) and has strong references to the European level key initiatives.<br /><br />The strategy gives an overview of the present situation and environment of activities of career services, strategic challenges and future prospects until the year 2020; presents strategic goals, means, indicators and target levels; outlines the actors in the career service system and their roles, and describes the execution and evaluation of the concept. The Foundation Innove conducted a national consultation and a national workshop on the draft Strategy in June 2012 with the input from Dr Tibor Bors Borb&eacute;ly-Pecze and Dr Raimo Vuorinen, the ELGPN Co-ordinator.<br /><br />The national strategy gives an input for executing international and national documents of guidance, one of the more important of which would be the goals mentioned in the Competitiveness Plan Estonia 2020.<br /><br />The external comments on the national strategy are available <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="Default">&nbsp;</p> between Estonia and Georgia2012-07-20<p>The aim of the project is to support the Georgian pilot schools and the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science in enhancing the quality of vocational education in the framework of the Georgian education strategy and the objectives of vocational education in the EU. The following activities will be undertaken: enhancement of quality assurance system in vocational schools, curriculum development in priority economic sectors and popularization of vocational education.<br /><br />Project partners in Estonia are the National Examinations and Qualifications Centre and 8 vocational schools. Co-operation partners in Georgia are the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science and the Georgian National Centre for Educational Quality Enhancement. Project beneficiaries are Georgian pilot schools (8 VET colleges/centres), who also participate in the development activity.<br /><br />Project is funded by the Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid of the Estonian Foreign Ministry.<br /><br /><br />Additional information:<br /><br />Aili K&otilde;iv<br /><a href=""></a></p> state examination e-certificates2012-06-26<p>Since 2009, the state examination certificates issued to upper-secondary school graduates in Estonia are in the electronic format. The electronic state examination certificate can be downloaded through the State Portal at <a href=""></a>&nbsp;<br /><br />The ID-card or an Internet bank user ID is required to be able to download the certificate.<br /><br />The electronic state examination certificates have the same legal force as the hard copy certificates issued in the past. The electronic certificate bears a digital watermark to verify the authenticity of the document. Schools and employers can check the validity of the certificates via the State Portal. The authenticity of a certificate is checked using the unique code on the certificate.</p> <p>The certificate can also be printed out, if necessary. If a person wants to study or work abroad, it is possible to certify the printout of the electronic state examination certificate with an apostille. This service is provided by all the notaries operating in the Republic of Estonia.</p> <p>The e-certificate of completion of state examinations is convenient for users and facilitates paperwork for schools as well as students. In general, admission documents required by Estonian universities are submitted through SAIS (the Admissions Information System). SAIS will automatically supply all the relevant details and information available in the EHIS system (the National Education information System). This way, applicants do not have to submit the e-certificate as a separate document.</p> skills competitions Young Masters2012-04-26<p>Young professionals competed in 12 specialties: electronics, mechatronics, IT technology, landscape gardening and design, cleaning service, ladies'/mens' hairdressing, tiling, painting and decorating, graphical design, electrical installation, fashion design and floristry.</p> <p>The objective of the two day competition is to offer young VET students an opportunity to compare their knowledge and skills with other students studying the same specialty and to find out the best in Estonia who could compete on the international arena. The young masters give a hands-on demonstration on what can be studied in different VET schools all over Estonia, thus study opportunities in VET are also promoted. In parallel with the competitions a programme is running on the stage, several performers entertain the audience with music, beauty care, fashion created by VET students, etc.</p> <p>The third annual competition &ldquo;Young Master&rdquo; was organized by Foundation for Lifelong Learning Development Innove together with the Ministry of Education and Research. The competition was financed by the ESF.</p>