2019 Volume 20 Issue 2 Pages 1-13
The purpose of this paper is to clarify the ideal way to provide external support for private high schools in Japan, using an analysis of a visit survey on the board of education and the private school sector in the Tottori prefecture, in order to assure and improve their quality of education. This paper reveals the following points: 1. For private high schools to assure their internal quality of their own accord, some manner of external review should be conducted on their educational activities and school administration by a third party with expertise. 2. Effective external support should be provided to each high school individually, based on the results of the external review. 3. The prefectural board of education and the private school sector should work together and support private high schools. Tottori’s case suggests that the prefectural board of education and the private school sector could accomplish more if they cooperated. However, there is also a limit to what they can accomplish because the board of education has no authority and the private school sector lacks the expertise and human resources required to support private high schools.