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ERIC Number: ED299314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Comparison of the Achievement of American Elementary and Secondary Pupils with Those Abroad--The Examinations Sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).
Available sources of information on academic achievement levels of American elementary and secondary school students as compared to their counterparts in major foreign countries are analyzed. Focus is on testing conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Stockholm (Sweden). The IEA tests represent an attempt to: (1) develop comparable tests reflecting both international standards and national curricula; (2) assess representative samples of students in voluntarily participating countries; and (3) analyze the resulting scores in relation to additional information concerning students' background characteristics and attitudes. Findings from current major international assessments of mathematics and science achievement are reviewed, and possible reasons for the sometimes comparatively lower level of performance by American students in such examinations are analyzed. The testing process established by the IEA is described, and results for the first round of IEA testing are interpreted, with an emphasis on American students' scores. Available IEA second round results are also assessed. The appendix reviews significant, recent, non-IEA research on comparative achievement of American students in relation to students of other major counties, namely Japan. Nine data tables are provided. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Tests