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International surveys of educational achievement: how robust are the findings?

By Georgina Brown, John Micklewright, Sylke V. Schnepf and Robert Waldmann

Abstract

International surveys of educational 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 just one survey in isolation. Second, we investigate whether results are sensitive to the choice of item response model used by survey organisers to aggregate respondents’ answers into a single score. In both cases we focus on countries’ average scores, the within-country differences in scores, and on the association between the two

Topics: HA, L1
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:34634
Provided by: e-Prints Soton
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