ERIC Number: ED560978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
No Country Left Behind: Rhetoric and Reality of International Large-Scale Assessment. William H. Angoff Memorial Lecture Series
Feuer, Michael J.
Educational Testing Service, Lecture presented at The National Press Club (13th, Washington, D.C., Feb 18, 2011)
Few arguments about education are as effective at galvanizing public attention and motivating political action as those that compare the performance of students with their counterparts in other countries and that connect academic achievement to economic performance. Because data from international large-scale assessments (ILSA) have a powerful effect on policy discourse, it is important to understand the limitations of these data as well as their benefits. This paper concentrates on three sets of cautions and caveats in the interpretation of ILSA and proposes a modest research agenda aimed at reinforcing the validity and utility of cross-national educational comparisons. Although aimed primarily at American policy and research audiences, the arguments in the paper are relevant to other countries for which performance on ILSA influences education reform.
Descriptors: International Assessment, Test Interpretation, Testing Problems, Comparative Testing, Economic Development, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Test Validity, Evaluation Utilization, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service (ETS), Center for Research on Human Capital and Education