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Cross-National Surveys of Learning Achievement: How Robust are the Findings?

Cross-National Surveys of Learning Achievement: How Robust are the Findings?
Cross-National Surveys of Learning Achievement: How Robust are the Findings?
International surveys of learning achievement and functional literacy are increasingly common. We consider two aspects of the robustness of their results. First, we compare results from four surveys: TIMSS, PISA, PIRLS and IALS. This contrasts with the standard approach which is to analyse a single survey with no regard as to whether it agrees or not with other sources. Second, we investigate whether results are sensitive to the choice of item response model used by survey organisers to aggregate respondents' answers. In both cases we focus on countries' average scores, the within-country differences in scores, and on the association between the two. There is mixed news to report.
educational achievement, test scores, IALS, PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS
A05/05
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
Brown, Giorgina
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Micklewright, John
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Schnepf, Sylke V.
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Waldmann, Robert
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Micklewright, John
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Schnepf, Sylke V.
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Waldmann, Robert
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Brown, Giorgina, Micklewright, John, Schnepf, Sylke V. and Waldmann, Robert (2005) Cross-National Surveys of Learning Achievement: How Robust are the Findings? (S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, A05/05) Southampton, UK. Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute 36pp.

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Abstract

International surveys of learning achievement and functional literacy are increasingly common. We consider two aspects of the robustness of their results. First, we compare results from four surveys: TIMSS, PISA, PIRLS and IALS. This contrasts with the standard approach which is to analyse a single survey with no regard as to whether it agrees or not with other sources. Second, we investigate whether results are sensitive to the choice of item response model used by survey organisers to aggregate respondents' answers. In both cases we focus on countries' average scores, the within-country differences in scores, and on the association between the two. There is mixed news to report.

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Published date: 5 July 2005
Keywords: educational achievement, test scores, IALS, PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS

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Local EPrints ID: 16250
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16250
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Date deposited: 07 Jul 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:43

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Author: Giorgina Brown
Author: John Micklewright
Author: Sylke V. Schnepf
Author: Robert Waldmann

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