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Smith, William C. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2014
To ensure equal access to high quality education, the global expansion of universal basic education has included accountability measures in the form of academic tests. Presently the majority of countries participate in national testing; however, the past two decades have seen a substantial shift in test characteristics and aims. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Standardized Tests, Educational History
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Sumida, Manabu – Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 2013
Japan has no formal educational system for gifted children. However, in 2005, Japan's Cabinet approved and established the third Science and Technology Basic Plan (2006-10), which includes "nurturing the individuality and ability of gifted ("sainou" in Japanese) children." Enforcement of this plan is exemplified in programs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academically Gifted, Science Education, Science Programs
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Barker, Walter A.; Killian, Eric; Evans, William P. – Afterschool Matters, 2010
Young people in the U.S. are falling behind their peers in the rest of the developed world in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Program for International Student Assessment study, conducted every three years, ranked the U.S. 24th in math and science out of 29 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, After School Programs, Science Education, Urban Areas
Smith, William C., Ed. – Symposium Books, 2016
The past thirty years have seen a rapid expansion of testing, exposing students worldwide to tests that are now, more than ever, standardized and linked to high-stakes outcomes. The use of testing as a policy tool has been legitimized within international educational development to measure education quality in the vast majority of countries…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Testing, Educational Policy, High Stakes Tests