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Ninomiya, Shuichi – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2019
PISA presents a new image for academic achievement, which has prompted Japanese education reforms over the past decade to innovate teaching and learning for 'PISA-style literacy'. Supported by theoretical foundations, particularly with regard to the concept of 'PISA literacy' and 'authentic assessment', these reforms have accomplished progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Van der Kleij, Fabienne Michelle; Cumming, Jacqueline Joy; Looney, Anne – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Formative assessment is strongly advocated as a critical component of Australian teachers' work. This article examines the evolving policy expectations and support for teachers' formative assessment practices in the context of two recent Australian education reforms: the introduction of the first national curriculum and of new professional…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Policy, National Curriculum
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Andersson, Catarina; Palm, Torulf – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Formative assessment has been shown to have the potential to significantly enhance student achievement, but a strong research base about how to support teachers to implement such a practice is lacking. This is particularly so for a conceptualisation of formative assessment as a unity of integrated formative assessment strategies. The aim of this…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Faculty Development, Mathematics Teachers, Educational Practices
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Armitage, Emma; Lau, Caroline – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
In England accountability measures have often been used to steer school behaviour in pursuit of policy goals. In 2010, the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) was introduced to increase uptake of traditional academic subjects at GCSE. These subjects, it was argued, would enhance students' future prospects, in part because they are favoured at A-level by…
Descriptors: Accountability, Grades (Scholastic), Access to Education, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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MacPhail, Ann; Halbert, John; O'Neill, Hal – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
The more recent discussion in Ireland around post-primary teachers being responsible for assessing their own students' work continues. The new junior cycle reform (covering the first three years of post-primary education) is concerned with making fundamental changes in approaches to learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment, with school-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Student Evaluation, Measurement Objectives
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Kuramoto, Naoki; Koizumi, Rie – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
Currently, large-scale testing in Japan faces conflicting requirements derived from principles of education on the one hand, and measurement, on the other. Issues of affective ambivalence towards tests (i.e. test aversion and dependence) are also observed. The seemingly conflicting government discussions regarding the national assessment of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Principles, Academic Achievement
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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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Hill, Mary F.; Ell, Fiona; Grudnoff, Lexie; Haigh, Mavis; Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Chang, Wen-Chia; Ludlow, Larry – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
This article examines evidence regarding the assessment learning of preservice teachers (PTs) in a new Master of Teaching designed to prepare teachers to address the less than equitable outcomes of certain groups of students in New Zealand. The assessment curriculum was integrated across all of the courses and the in-school experiences as one of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Masters Programs, Outcomes of Education, Surveys
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Cowie, Bronwen; Cooper, Beverley – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
A number of trends are converging to drive the need for more informed teacher data use. These include advocacy for formative assessment and the need for teachers to account for student learning. In this context, assessment literacy and data literacy have emerged as a focus in research and professional development. Problematically, research signals…
Descriptors: Data, Technological Literacy, Student Teachers, Formative Evaluation
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Acquah, Daniel K.; Malpass, Debra – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
Proposals for a technical baccalaureate have received cross-party support in England. The technical baccalaureate is intended to deliver the necessary training to enable young people to fill the UK's skills gap in intermediate-level occupations in STEM and other sectors. This paper explores how to design and implement a high-quality technical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bachelors Degrees, Vocational Education, Labor Force Development
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Gagnon, Douglas J.; Hall, Erika L.; Marion, Scott – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017
Many states only recently incorporated indicators of student achievement into teacher evaluation systems for Non-Tested Subjects and Grades (NTSG). This study examines how practices related to the inclusion of student achievement measures vary across states as to the discretion left to districts in defining and implementing evaluation systems for…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, School District Autonomy, State School District Relationship, Academic Achievement
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Taut, Sandy; Valencia, Edgar; Palacios, Diego; Santelices, Maria V.; Jiménez, Daniela; Manzi, Jorge – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2016
This paper investigates the validity of a national, standards-based teacher evaluation programme by examining the relationship between teachers' evaluation results and their students' learning progress. We used census achievement data that assessed the same cohort of students at the end of 8th and 10th grade. We applied multilevel modelling and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, National Programs
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Paget, Christine L.; Malmberg, Lars-Erik; Martelli, Dale R. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2016
In concert with other Latin American countries, Brazil has developed and implemented its own national assessment system for the purpose of monitoring, evaluating and improving their educational system. Prova Brasil is a census-based bi-annual assessment of Portuguese and mathematics achievement of middle school students in Brazil accompanied by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Competency Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy
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Cueto, Santiago; León, Juan; Miranda, Alejandra – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2016
School composition is a topic that has gained increasing attention from researchers over the past few years, as it has been found that the socio-economic characteristics of students are associated with their achievement. However, most research has been cross-sectional and carried out in industrialised countries. In this study, we use parental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Demography, Academic Achievement, Socioeconomic Status
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Helman, Lori; Delbridge, Anne; Parker, David; Arnal, Martina; Jara Mödinger, Luz – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2016
The current study has a twofold purpose: first, to determine the reliability of a tool for assessing orthographic development in Spanish; second, to assess differences in students' performance on the measure across multiple types of primary schools in a large city in Chile. A Spanish developmental spelling inventory that contained words of…
Descriptors: Spanish, Spelling, Tests, Foreign Countries
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