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Berge, Kjell Lars; Skar, Gustaf B.; Matre, Synnøve; Solheim, Randi; Evensen, Lars S.; Otnes, Hildegunn; Thygesen, Ragnar – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2019
This article reports consequences for student writing quality based on a long-term professional learning project. Project teachers, representing all school subjects in grades 3-7, were presented with a writing construct, 'Wheel of Writing', and norms of expectation for writing proficiency. Participating teachers used the writing construct and…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Semiotics, Writing Evaluation, Writing Skills
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Silseth, Kenneth; Gilje, Øystein – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2019
In this article, we examine how assessment is enacted and negotiated in a school project that involves multimodal composition. The case is a project on advertisement in which lower secondary students collaboratively composed multimodal commercials about various products and topics. The theoretical framework is based on sociocultural perspectives…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Multiple Literacies, Advertising, Student Projects
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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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Tveit, Sverre – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
This article promulgates a conceptual framework for researching various roles of educational assessment emphasised in governments' assessment policies as a basis for comparing policy-making related to national testing in primary and lower secondary education in Norway and Sweden from 2000-2017. The study analyses policy documents and expert…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Interviews, Public Officials, National Competency Tests
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Lillejord, Sølvi; Elstad, Eyvind; Kavli, Håkon – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
While it is generally assumed that the aim of teacher evaluation is to "formatively" support teachers' professional development, research finds that teacher evaluation practices are predominantly "summative". This paper describes a Norwegian governmental policy experiment aiming to overcome this fallacy through a bargaining…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Problems, Public Policy
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Nortvedt, Guri A.; Santos, Leonor; Pinto, Jorge – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2016
In this study, we aim to understand the forces driving assessment for learning (AfL) in primary school teaching. By applying a case study design, including the two cases of Norway and Portugal and using mathematics teaching as an example, available policy documents and research reports are analysed to identify the differences and similarities that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Case Studies
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Hopfenbeck, Therese N.; Flórez Petour, María Teresa; Tolo, Astrid – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
This study investigates how different stakeholders in Norway experienced a government-initiated, large-scale policy implementation programme on "Assessment for Learning" ("AfL"). Data were collected through 58 interviews with stakeholders in charge of the policy; Ministers of Education and members of the Directorate of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Educational Assessment
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Jølle, Lennart – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
Novice members of a Norwegian national rater panel tasked with assessing Year 8 pupils' written texts were studied during three successive preparation sessions (2011-2012). The purpose was to investigate how the raters successfully make use of different decision-making strategies in an assessment situation where pre-set criteria and standards give…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Writing Evaluation, Decision Making, Novices
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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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Gamlem, Siv M.; Smith, Kari – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2013
Feedback to students has been identified as a key strategy in learning and teaching, but we know less about how feedback is understood by students. The purpose of this study is to gain more insight into lower secondary students' perceptions of when and how they find classroom feedback useful. This article draws on data generated through individual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Secondary School Students
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Gynnild, Vidar – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2011
Handling appeals against grades is time consuming and requires allocation of resources away from the pursuit of activities such as instruction, research, and supervision of postgraduate students. This study examines grievance policies, frequencies, and outcomes of appeals at the University of California (UCB) and the University of Oslo (UIO). We…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Comparative Analysis, Resource Allocation, Higher Education
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Valk, Aune – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2009
This paper focuses on the state of the art for recognition of prior experiential learning in European universities. Although recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning have been officially stated as being important aims by national ministers of education in their Bologna Process communiques, implementation in the majority of…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Prior Learning, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries
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Doig, Brian – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 2006
In this paper, I will argue that it is possible to use data from large-scale international and national mathematics assessment programmes, whose attention is on summative achievement, to provide formative information that informs teachers about the effects of their classroom practice. However, to have impact on, and be useful for, classroom…
Descriptors: Measurement, Mathematics Achievement, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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Dahl, Tove I. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 2006
The validity of the Norwegian university grading standard has been called into serious question. The implicit standards used for assessing exams and the reliability of that understanding among examiners and psychology students were investigated in three studies. Studies 1 and 2 investigated the implicit standards that examiners used when assessing…
Descriptors: Psychology, Examiners, Test Validity, Universities