1st Edition

Comparing Learning Outcomes International Assessment and Education Policy

Edited By Jay Moskowitz, Maria Stephens Copyright 2004
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Comparing Learning Outcomes provides an insider's look at the policy and practical issues in conducting and using the information from international assessments of education and is a key resource for researchers and policymakers in education.
    This book covers a variety of important topics related to international comparative assessment including:
    * History of international assessment, the factors contributing to its growth and the impacts of such growth
    * What it means to assess different domains
    * How information form international assessments has been used by policy makers in different countries
    * Technical considerations in analysing and using assessment data.
    Reflecting the increasing involvement of policy makers in the field of international education assessment Comparing Learning Outcomes brings together the collaborative research of professionals in 11 countries working on a project for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), gathering cross-national, comparative information on education for use for governments.

    1. Toward Education Improvement: The Future of International Assessment, E. Owen, M. Stephens, J. Moskowitz & G. Gill 2. From Comprehension to Literacy: Thirty Years of Reading Assessment, D. Lafontaine 3. The Assessment of Adult Literacy: History and Prospects, T. Murray 4. Cross-Curricular Competencies: Development in a New Area of Education Outcome Indicators, J. Peschar 5. Assessment of Cross-Curricular Problem-Solving Competencies, E. Kleime 6. Reflections on the Use of Indicators in Policy and Practice, F. Plank & D. Hodgkinson 7. Gender Differences in Achievement: Overview and Examples of Data Use in Five Countries 8. Considerations in Comparing Results from Different Countries, Subjects and Grade Levels, K. Leimu 9. Moving Beyond Bivariate Indicators: The Role of Multilevel Modelling in International Comparisons, R. Bosker & T. Snijders 10. On the Methods Used for International Assessments of Educational Competencies, F. Murrat & T. Rocher


    Maria Stephens is a research analyst at the American Institutes for Research.

    Jay Moskowitz is the Vice-President and Director of the Education and Human Development Program at the American Institutes for Research.