General information on QMS in English
This page provides some basic information on QMS in English as not all pages of qms.at are translated and kept updated. Here you find a short introduction, central documents and the main figures in English.
QMS is the Austrian "Quality Management System for Schools". It applies to all Austrian schools - roughly 5.700 - starting with the school year 2021/22. In September 2021 QMS has been implemented and substituted the two formerly separate quality systems (SQA – School Quality in General Education and QIBB – VET Quality Initiative) by introducing a new and consistent system for all schools alike.
In January 2021 the introduction of QMS was prepared with the publication of the Quality Framework for Schools (QF) and the school-based quality assessment (siQe = schulinterne Qualitätseinschätzung). The Quality Framework for Schools (QF) describes the essential characteristics of school quality and forms the binding, content-based foundation of the Quality Management System for Schools (QMS). The translation of the QF with its five quality dimensions (four of which focus on the processes and the fifth on the outcomes and effects of the school's work) can be downloaded here.
Quality Framework for Schools (PDF, 574 KB)
Furthermore, a clear and compact overview with some 28 pages (QMS at a glance) can be found here:
The following actors (School head, School Quality Coordinator, Regional Quality Coordinator, Teachers and Teams of teachers) have specific tasks and functions in QMS, which are documenten in task profiles.
QMS Task Profiles of actors
- School Head (QMS Task profile, PDF, 121 KB)
- School Quality Coordinator Q-SK (QMS Task profile, PDF, 119 KB)
- Regional Quality Coordinator Q-RK (QMS Task profile, PDF, 145 KB)
- Teachers and Teams of teachers (QMS Task profile, PDF, 118 KB)
School Development Plan (SEP) and examples
- Example: "Onboarding of New Teachers" (PDF, 150 KB)
- Example: "Self-regulated learning" (PDF, 148 KB)
Terminology in English
Terminology for the Austrian Peer Review (German-English/English-German PDF, 159 KB)
Figures in English
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last update: 17 April 2023