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Yang Hansen, Kajsa; Gustafsson, Jan-Eric – Large-scale Assessments in Education, 2016
Background: In a previous study, the total, direct and indirect effects of parental education on reading, mathematics and science achievement have been estimated for Grade 4 pupils of 37 countries that participated in PIRLS and TIMSS 2011 studies (Gustafsson et al. in "TIMSS and PIRLS 2011: Relationships among reading, mathematics, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Correlation, Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ari, Sinan; Ünal, Emre – College Student Journal, 2016
The need for and employment of qualified teachers have always been in the agenda since the foundation of our country. It is aimed with this study to reveal the convenience of the Content Knowledge Test for Teaching (CKTT), which was first held in 2014, in terms of the content of the classroom teaching undergraduate programs, general competencies…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Tests, Undergraduate Students, Teacher Competencies
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Oversby, John; McGregor, Deb – Education in Science, 2012
Construction of science education policy is, for most practising educators, somewhat shrouded in mist. Policies are currently conveyed by the present Secretary of State with responsibility for education through presentations of governmental papers and curricular documents. While it may seem strange that a politician can be elected one day, and…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Evidence, Science Education, Values
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Seeber, Susan; Lehmann, Rainer – Research in Comparative and International Education, 2013
Germany has relied on its well-established tradition of preparing the workforce through the so-called dual system of practical in-firm training (apprenticeships) and theoretical foundations conveyed by vocational schools. Believing in the high quality of academic school programmes that prepare a small elite for university studies, the German…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Apprenticeships, Vocational Schools
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Lavrijsen, Jeroen; Nicaise, Ides – Research in Comparative and International Education, 2016
One of the important differences between educational systems from different countries is the age at which students are placed into separate tracks. We examined the effects of the age at which tracking occurred on student achievement in a comparative perspective, making use of recent waves of three internationally standardized student assessments…
Descriptors: Track System (Education), Equal Education, Academic Achievement, Comparative Education
Santiago, Paulo; Donaldson, Graham; Herman, Joan; Shewbridge, Claire – OECD Publishing (NJ1), 2011
This report for Australia forms part of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes. The purpose of the Review is to explore how systems of evaluation and assessment can be used to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Equal Education
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Stachelek, AJ – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2010
In mathematics education, utilizing international comparisons to support implementation of educational reforms has become increasingly common. With the advent of "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study" (TIMSS), educational reform seems to have transitioned to a reactionary process rather than a calculated adaptation of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Motivation, Influences, Mathematics Education
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2015
The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) continues its advocacy for Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a federally funded testing consortium, with the release of a study concluding that Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) performance is not an indicator of…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Mathematics Achievement
Machin, Stephen; McNally, Sandra; Wyness, Gill – Centre for Economic Performance, 2013
Education is an area that is highly devolved in the UK, and the fact that all four constituent countries have pursued very different policies in the recent past provides a good testing ground to undertake a comparative review of the merits or otherwise of the education reforms that have taken place. There is, of course, an important policy context…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Educational Development, Educational Change
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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
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Hanushek, Eric A.; Ruhose, Jens; Woessmann, Ludger – Education Next, 2016
Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, supplanting No Child Left Behind and placing responsibility for public school improvement squarely upon each of the 50 states. With the federal government's role in school accountability sharply diminished, it now falls to state and local governments to take decisive action. Even though most…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Economic Impact, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
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Gísladóttir, Berglind; Jóhannsdóttir, Björg – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2010
Finland and Singapore are both nations that have excelled in mathematics on international assessments, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Evidence of Finland's educational success emerged with the outcome of the first PISA study in 2000. Since…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Success
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Nawani, Jigna; Rixius, Julia; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Empirical analysis of secondary biology classrooms revealed that, on average, 68% of teaching time in Germany revolved around processing tasks. Quality of instruction can thus be assessed by analyzing the quality of tasks used in classroom discourse. This quasi-experimental study analyzed how teachers used tasks in 38 videotaped biology lessons…
Descriptors: Biology, Video Technology, Concept Mapping, Foreign Countries
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DeBoer, George E. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2011
Standards-based science education, with its emphasis on monitoring and accountability, is rapidly becoming a key part of the globalization of science education. Standards-based testing within countries is increasingly being used to determine the effectiveness of a country's educational system, and international testing programs such as Programme…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Testing, Global Approach, Educational Change
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Drummond, Todd W.; Gabrscek, Sergij – European Education, 2012
In the twenty years since independence, new Eurasian nation-states of the former Soviet Union have introduced major changes to the way students are admitted to institutions of higher education. Azerbaijan (1992), Uzbekistan (1993), Kazakhstan (1999), Russia (2001), Kyrgyzstan (2002), Ukraine (2004), and Georgia (2005) have all created new state or…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Test Results, Standardized Tests, Foreign Countries
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