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Shepherd, Debra Lynne – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
The regional and cultural closeness of Botswana and South Africa, as well as differences in their political histories and language policy stances, offers a unique opportunity to evaluate the role of language in reading outcomes. This study aims to empirically test the effect of exposure to mother tongue and English instruction on the reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Achievement, Grade 4, Native Language
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Solheim, Oddny Judith; Lundetrae, Kjersti – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Gender differences in reading seem to increase throughout schooling and then decrease or even disappear with age, but the reasons for this are unclear. In this study, we explore whether differences in the way "reading literacy" is operationalised can add to our understanding of varying gender differences in international large-scale…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Grade 4, Reading Achievement
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Walzebug, Anke; Kasper, Daniel – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
In "Progress in International Reading Literacy Study" (PIRLS) educational inequalities are measured, amongst others, through the relationship between students' reading achievements and the home resource for learning (HRL) scale. By applying the partial credit model and using the WLE estimates for the person parameters it is accepted that…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment
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Caro, Daniel H.; Kyriakides, Leonidas; Televantou, Ioulia – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Omitted prior achievement bias is pervasive in international assessment studies and precludes causal inference. For example, reported negative associations between student-oriented teaching strategies and student performance are against expectations and might actually reflect omitted prior achievement bias. Namely, that these teaching strategies…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Grade 4
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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
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Lenkeit, Jenny; Schwippert, Knut; Knigge, Michel – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Research provides evidence that gender, immigrant background and socio-economic characteristics present multiple disadvantaging characteristics that change their relative importance and configurations over time. When evaluating inequalities researchers tend to focus on one particular aspect and often use composite measures when evaluating…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests
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Koomen, Marten; Zoanetti, Nathan – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Education systems are increasingly being called upon to implement new technology-based assessment systems that generate efficiencies, better meet changing stakeholder expectations, or fulfil new assessment purposes. These assessment systems require coordinated organisational effort to implement and can be expensive in time, skill and other…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Educational Assessment, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Pinger, Petra; Rakoczy, Katrin; Besser, Michael; Klieme, Eckhard – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
The aim of this study was to contribute to the understanding of the effectiveness of formative assessment interventions by analysing how the "quality of programme delivery" affects students' mathematics achievement and interest. Teachers (n = 17) implemented formative assessment in their ninth-grade mathematics classes and provided their…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Formative Evaluation, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement
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Yan, Zi – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the key demographic variables of gender, school level and goal orientation on students' self-assessment practices, including self-directed feedback seeking (SDFS) and self-reflection (SR). A total of 8843 Hong Kong students were surveyed, ranging from Primary 4 to Secondary 6. The results…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Goal Orientation, Feedback (Response), Predictor Variables
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Ivanova, Alina; Kardanova, Elena; Merrell, Christine; Tymms, Peter; Hawker, David – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Is it possible to compare the results in assessments of mathematics across countries with different curricula, traditions and age of starting school? As part of the iPIPS project, a Russian version of the iPIPS baseline assessment was developed and trial data were available from about 300 Russian children at the start and end of their first year…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Tests, Item Response Theory
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Baird, Jo-Anne; Andrich, David; Hopfenbeck, Therese N.; Stobart, Gordon – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
Educational assessments define what aspects of learning will formally be given credit and therefore have a huge impact upon teaching and learning. Although the impact of high-stakes national and international assessments on teaching and learning is considered in the literature, remarkably, there is little research on the connection between…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning Theories, Psychological Evaluation, Test Theory
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Briggs, Derek C. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
In the United States, students have historically taken large-scale assessments for many different purposes. One purpose that is shared with many other countries is a desire to monitor aggregate trends in educational attainment in core subject domains such as literacy, mathematics, and science. In this commentary, the author examines testing,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning Theories, Learning, Psychometrics
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Pellegrino, James W. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
In this commentary on this issue's focus article by Baird et al., Pellegrino focuses first on the fundamental nature of educational assessment and its connection to theories, models, and data on learning. He then discusses the contemporary views of learning in the form of learning progressions as they relate to assessment development. In the third…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning Theories, International Assessment, Learning
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Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
The challenge of "educational" assessments--assessments that advance the purposes of learning and instruction--is to provide useful information regarding students' progress towards the goals of instruction in ways that are reliable and not idiosyncratic. In this commentary, the author indicates that the challenges are actually more…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning, Student Evaluation, Psychometrics
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Alderson, J. Charles; Brunfaut, Tineke; Harding, Luke – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
In this commentary, the authors have set out some areas where they see overlaps between the original position paper and the current discussion around theory and practice in language assessment, the key consideration of washback, and the need for a greater awareness of, and engagement with, the assessment literacy of policy-makers and other key…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning Theories, Language Tests, Second Languages
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