ERIC Number: EJ1172494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
International Assessments of Student Achievement and Public Confidence in Education: Evidence from a Cross-National Study
Pizmony-Levy, Oren; Bjorklund, Peter, Jr.
Oxford Review of Education, v44 n2 p239-257 2018
One of the overarching goals of international large-scale assessments (ILSA) is to inform public discourse about the quality of education in different countries. To fulfil this function, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), for example, raises awareness of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results through different forms of traditional and social media (e.g. press releases and other activities under the slogan PISA Day). Scholars have responded to the rapid growth of ILSA by examining public discourse through newspaper articles, policy documents, and other outlets. However, we know very little about whether and to what extent the general public is actually affected by PISA results. In order to address this gap, this study uses data regarding public trust in education from the 2011 wave of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Drawing on survey data from 30 countries and Hierarchical Linear Models (HLM), the study shows that PISA rankings have a significant effect on public perceptions. We find that in high performing countries the general public expresses higher levels of confidence in the education system. We discuss these patterns in the context of growing politicisation of education policy making and the use of ILSA as evidence.
Descriptors: International Assessment, Evidence, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Academic Achievement, Trust (Psychology), Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Achievement Rating, Achievement Tests, Outcomes of Education, Predictor Variables, Performance Based Assessment, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Science Achievement, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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