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Title:Cross-national surveys of learning achievement: how robust are the findings? PDF Logo
Authors:Brown, Giorgina
Micklewright, John
Schnepf, Sylke Viola
Waldmann, Robert
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1652
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.
Subjects:educational achievement
test scores
IALS
PISA
PIRLS
TIMSS
JEL:I21
J13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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