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van der Berg, Servaas – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Few developing countries participate in external educational evaluations. Information gaps on education quality make it imperative to expand such evaluations. Furthermore, international comparability across different evaluations should be improved. In addition, data from evaluations must be combined with data on access or coverage. Finally,…
Descriptors: International Education, Developing Nations, Outcomes of Education, Socioeconomic Status
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Lerman, Stephen; Adler, Jill – Research in Mathematics Education, 2016
The influences on governments for policy changes in schools range across many agencies, including the political party in power. When policies change, the sources of these influences are not always clear. The project whose work is presented in this special issue examines what these changes look like in terms of the differences in assessment tasks…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Curriculum
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van der Berg, Servaas – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Much hope is placed on education systems to reduce socio-economic learning gaps. However, in South Africa, uneven functioning of the school system widens learning gaps. This paper analyses education performance using ANA data. Weak calibration and inter-temporal or inter-grade comparability of ANA test scores limit their usefulness for measuring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scores, Correlation, Achievement Tests
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Monyooe, Lebusa; Tjatji, Martin; Mosese, Eulenda – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2014
This article argues that the exponential increases in the Grade 12 (Matriculation) passes post 1994 do not necessarily translate to quality because of the low performance norms and standards set for passing Grade 12. It further calls for a serious reflection and interrogation of existing policies on performance, benchmarks, teacher education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Admission (School), Secondary School Students, Grade 12
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Chisholm, Linda; Wildeman, Russell – Journal of Curriculum Studies, 2013
This article considers the politics of adoption of a testing regime in South Africa. While the broad features of this regime are similar to those in developed countries, there are features specific to the South African context. These emerge from a combination of external and internal pressures. External pressures derive from international testing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Testing, Accountability, Standardized Tests