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A Policy Maker's Guide to International Achievement Studies

A Policy Maker's Guide to International Achievement Studies by Margaret Forster
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International achievement studies focus on the collection and analysis of crossnational information. Two kinds of information usually are collected: • data on student achievement in particular subject areas at particular ages and stages of schooling; and • background information including characteristics of students, teachers and schools. In some studies curriculum information is central also. Achievement data are collected through tests administered to samples of students selected to be representative of national populations. Background information is collected by means of questionnaires completed by students, their teachers and principals. Two main agencies direct international achievement studies: • IEA, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement; and • OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The US Educational Testing Service (ETS) also has conducted several studies (International Assessment of Education Progress, IAEP studies) as has SACMEQ— the South African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality.
Australian Council for Educational Research; Read online
Title: A Policy Maker's Guide to International Achievement Studies
Author: Margaret Forster

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