The chapter starts out with a brief overview of the structure of the Dutch education system. As compared to other national educational systems the Dutch secondary school system is strongly differentiated, featuring several separate school categories and sub-categories. Next, attention is paid to other important characteristics of the Dutch education system: freedom of education, the role of public and private education, funding, and the role of the education support structure. Specific features of the Dutch educational system are that it is a strongly stratified system, it has a very large section of government dependent private schools (about 2/3 of all schools), schools are quite autonomous and there exists a fairly large education support structure. Early evaluation reports were rather critical about quality and equity aspects of the Dutch educational system, despite relatively high scores on international assessment tests like TIMSS and PISA. A persistent problem is the phenomenon that the various compartments of secondary education seem to function as barriers for attainment of students with a lower SES status.
|Title of host publication||Perspectives on educational quality : illustrative outcomes on primary and secondary schooling in the Netherlands|
|Editors||J Scheerens, H. Luyten, J. van Ravens|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht, the Netherlands|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Name||SpringerBriefs in education|