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Meyer, David; Werth, Loredana – International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 2016
This quantitative study examines the correlation between international student achievement test outcomes and national competitiveness rankings. Student achievement data are derived from a variation-adjusted, common-scale metric data set for 74 countries that have participated in any of the international mathematics and science achievement tests…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Competition
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Schuelka, Matthew J. – Journal of Education Policy, 2013
International tests of achievement narrowly measure specific academic subjects, but have larger educational policy implications. These tests come to summarize national education systems and are used in national and international discourse. However, students with disabilities are being entirely excluded from participation in the discourse of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests
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Eddy, Colleen M.; Quebec Fuentes, Sarah; Ward, Elizabeth K.; Parker, Yolanda A.; Cooper, Sandi; Jasper, William A.; Mallam, Winifred A.; Sorto, M. Alejandra; Wilkerson, Trena L. – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2015
There exists an increased focus on school mathematics, especially first-year algebra, due to recent efforts for all students to be college and career ready. In addition, there are calls, policies, and legislation advocating for all students to study algebra epitomized by four rationales of the "Algebra for All" movement. In light of this…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Policy, Course Content
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
Currently, the U.S. is not stacking up in educating students in STEM disciplines. "America lags in providing top-level schooling in STEM fields…, and this may jeopardize future economic growth, job creation, and international competitiveness" (Smarick, 2013, p. 12). International assessments of student performance, including the Program…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Diversity, Science Achievement, Achievement Gap
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Sachse, Karoline A.; Roppelt, Alexander; Haag, Nicole – Journal of Educational Measurement, 2016
Trend estimation in international comparative large-scale assessments relies on measurement invariance between countries. However, cross-national differential item functioning (DIF) has been repeatedly documented. We ran a simulation study using national item parameters, which required trends to be computed separately for each country, to compare…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Measurement, Test Bias, Simulation
Lehming, Rolf F.; Alt, Martha Naomi; Chen, Xianglei; Hall, Leslie; Burton, Lawrence; Burrelli, Joan S.; Kannankutty, Nirmala; Proudfoot, Steven; Regets, Mark C.; Boroush, Mark; Moris, Francisco A.; Wolfe, Raymond M.; Britt, Ronda; Christovich, Leslie; Hill, Derek; Falkenheim, Jaquelina C.; Dunnigan, Paula C. – National Science Foundation, 2010
"Science and Engineering Indicators" (SEI) is first and foremost a volume of record comprising the major high-quality quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. SEI is factual and policy neutral. It does not offer policy options, and it does not make policy recommendations. SEI employs a variety…
Descriptors: Statistical Data, Engineering, Sciences, Elementary Secondary Education