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Rutkowski, Leslie; Rutkowski, David – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2018
Over time international large-scale assessments have grown in terms of number of studies, cycles, and participating countries, many of which are a heterogeneous mix of economies, languages, cultures, and geography. This heterogeneity has meaningful consequences for comparably measuring both achievement and non-achievement constructs, such as…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, International Assessment
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Rutkowski, David – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
In this article I advocate for a new discussion in the field of international large-scale assessments; one that calls for a reexamination of international large-scale assessments (ILSAs) and their use. Expanding on the high-quality work in this special issue I focus on three inherent limitations to international large-scale assessments noted by…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Reading Achievement
Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie – International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2018
Over the past two decades, there has been rapid growth in understanding of bullying in schools and its many negative effects. The reported incidence of bullying and other school violence has increased over time, and UNESCO recently estimated that 246 million children and adolescents experience violence in and around school every year (UNESCO…
Descriptors: Bullying, Violence, Foreign Countries, Prevention
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Rutkowski, David; Delandshere, Ginette – Large-scale Assessments in Education, 2016
To answer the calls for stronger evidence by the policy community, educational researchers and their associated organizations increasingly demand more studies that can yield causal inferences. International large scale assessments (ILSAs) have been targeted as a rich data sources for causal research. It is in this context that we take up a…
Descriptors: Inferences, Educational Research, Attribution Theory, Educational Policy
Rutkowski, David; Wild, Justin; Rutkowski, Leslie – Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, 2013
Are U.S. and, in particular, Hoosier students competitive and ready to succeed in an ever-changing and increasingly global economic landscape? This question is frequently considered by K-12 education stakeholders at all levels, including national, state, and local officials. One of the central ways in which education systems can compare themselves…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, International Programs, Testing Programs
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Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie; Plucker, Jonathan A. – High Ability Studies, 2012
A recent study in the USA documented the existence and growth of "excellence gaps" among students. These gaps are similar to the minimum competency achievement gaps that proliferate in policy discussions in many Western countries, but excellence gaps focus on the highest level of achievement rather than minimum competency. We extend this…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Minimum Competency Testing, Evidence, Immigrants