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Large-scale assessment systems: design principles drawn from international comparisons

Black, Paul and Wiliam, Dylan (2007) Large-scale assessment systems: design principles drawn from international comparisons. Measurement : Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 5 (1). pp. 1-51. ISSN 1536-6367. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: Through an analysis of the assessment systems in eight countries, this substantial journal article identifies a number of “design choices” that arise and are made (either explicitly or implicitly) in the creation of any large-scale assessment system. By pointing the consequences of these policy decisions and that different policy decisions would have different outcomes, the paper provides high-level support for those needing to reform, or create large scale assessments systems. The paper shows how apparently technical decisions are, in fact, deeply rooted in the specific context and culture of educational systems. In an accompanying commentary, Myron Atkin, former Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University, describes it as a “landmark analysis” that “establishes a new and needed level with respect to policy-oriented analyses of assessment practices internationally” and that “It may well set a standard by which other international comparisons of assessment systems … will be judged.”
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 17:03
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:24
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