Utdanningsdirektoratet (Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education)
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|Address:||P.O. 2924 Tøyen, 0608 Oslo|
|Telephone:||+47 23 30 12 00|
|Telefax:||+47 23 30 12 99|
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The Directorate is meant to be a driving force for quality development in Norwegian primary and secondary education. The establishment of the Directorate is part of the improvements in the national education administration and is one of the elements in a collected national strategy for quality development in primary and secondary education.
The Directorate will be an agency for competence and administration with challenging and demanding professional and administrative tasks. The Directorate’s main task will be to contribute to a continuous quality development of primary and secondary education, amongst other things by obtaining a broad basis for analysis, assessment, and development measures both regionally and nationally. The Directorate is responsible for the national quality assessment system and has the overall responsibility for supervising the quality of education in Norway. Local school owners – the municipalities, counties and independent schools - are the ones responsible for the quality of education and through the agency of the County Governors the Government will ensure that this quality meets the required national standards.
In March 2004 the Government presented the Report to the Storting regarding quality in primary and secondary education, giving the Directorate the comprehensive and challenging tasks of following up amongst other things the development of new curricula, teaching aids, improving the competence of teachers and school administrators, and how education is organised.
About 200 people will work in the Directorate. The Norwegian Board of Education and the administration of the Norwegian Support System for Special Education will both be incorporated in the Directorate, which is located in Oslo, with offices in Molde and Hamar.
The Directorate is also responsible for the professional governance of the work done by the 18 regional County Governors’ education departments.
The tasks of the Directorate will be organised in four areas:
- Analysis and assessment
- Contents and development
- Regulations and funding
- Administration and operations
Each of these areas is subdivided into two or four subsections. The administration of the Directorate has two staff units:
- Unit for communication
- Unit for organisation and human resource development
In order to ensure coherence and continuity there will be clear cross connections between areas and units within the Directorate and between the Directorate and the Ministry.