School boards in the Netherlands are private entities with public funding and a large autonomy. Supervision is done by the Education Inspectorate of the Ministry of Education and involves both the educational and the financial performance. This supervision is risk-oriented, based on risk indicators. In this thesis, the effectiveness of these indicators is examined. The first involves the assessment of the quality management system of school boards. Boards must systematically ensure and improve the quality of education. By assessing these systems, the Inspectorate hopes to obtain information about their actual performance. The research question is to which extent this is possible. The assessment captures several elements of a total quality management system but others are missing. Only those that match with corresponding elements in reality, are correlated with each other. Just having a quality system is not related to the performance. The second study researches the usefulness of financial ratio models in predicting financial (dis)functioning by boards. The question is whether the inspectorate would be able to predict these better. Four models are compared with each other under different conditions. The conclusion is that they do not lead to very different results. Combining different models in a decision model and the selection of a proper cut value can lead to predicting up to 90 percent of the financial problems in a subsequent year. The third study evaluates to which extent the vertical integration of school boards has added value. The focus is on the recruitment position of schools, their educational outcomes and their financial performance. The conclusion is that vertical integration has no clear added value from an educational point of view. In financial terms, it is an obvious risk. Vertical boards often have financial difficulties and higher overhead.
|Award date||1 Jul 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2016|