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ERIC Number: EJ887514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Getting It "Better": The Importance of Improving Background Questionnaires in International Large-Scale Assessment
Rutkowski, Leslie; Rutkowski, David
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v42 n3 p411-430 2010
In addition to collecting achievement data, international large-scale assessment programmes gather auxiliary information from students and schools regarding the context of teaching and learning. In an effort to clarify some of the opacity surrounding international large-scale assessment programmes and the potential problems associated with less than optimal background questionnaires, this paper outlines how auxiliary student background data influence the black box of achievement score construction. This discussion is supplemented with a number of empirical examples that point to possible threats to accurate achievement estimation, including missing data treatment, poor scale reliability, and questionnaire respondents' misunderstanding or inaccurate answers to the questions. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment