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Kitchen, Hannah; Fordham, Elizabeth; Henderson, Kirsteen; Looney, Anne; Maghnouj, Soumaya – OECD Publishing, 2017
Romania's education system has made impressive strides over the past two decades, with an increasing share of students mastering the basic competencies that they need for life and work. But these average improvements mask significant disparities in learning outcomes and attainment, with an increasing share of students leaving education early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation
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Bellens, Kim; Van Damme, Jan; Van Den Noortgate, Wim; Wendt, Heike; Nilsen, Trude – Large-scale Assessments in Education, 2019
In the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015, the educational systems from the Dutch speaking part of Belgium (Flanders), Germany, and Norway included scales capturing three dimensions of instructional quality (INQUA): classroom management, supportive climate, and cognitive activation. With the inclusion of these extra scales, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Achievement Tests, International Assessment
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Tveit, Sverre – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
Norway has seen major changes in the field of educational assessment over the past decade, following the 2001 '"PISA shock" that stimulated reform of the entire primary and secondary education systems: new outcome-based curricula with cross-disciplinary basic skills were accompanied by major revision of assessment regulations,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change
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Stephens, Maria; Landeros, Katherine; Perkins, Robert; Tang, Judy H. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2016
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015 is the sixth administration of this international comparative study since 1995 when first administered. TIMSS is used to compare over time the mathematics and science knowledge and skills of fourth- and eighth-graders. TIMSS is designed to align broadly with mathematics and…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education
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Braathe, Hans Jorgen – International Journal of Educational Research, 2012
Late and limited organisational differentiation is a characteristic which has, until now, distinguished the structure of education -- including teacher education - in the Nordic countries from that of the rest of Europe. However, this tradition is now challenged by utilitarian ideologies, supported by international comparison tests such as PISA…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Ideology, Discourse Analysis
Martin, Michael O., Ed.; Mullis, Ina V. S., Ed. – International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2013
TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is an international assessment of mathematics and science at the fourth and eighth grades that has been conducted every four years since 1995, with the most recent assessment in 2011. PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) is an international assessment of reading…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Grade 4
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Bulle, Nathalie – Comparative Education, 2011
The PISA survey influences educational policies through an international competitive process which is not wholly rationally-oriented. Firstly, PISA league tables act normatively upon the definition of formal educational aims while the survey tests cannot evaluate the educational systems' relative strengths with regards to such aims. We argue that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Assessment, Competition