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Tenuous Findings, Tenuous Policies


by Iris C. Rotberg — May 19, 2014

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” –Albert Einstein

Methodological problems have plagued international test-score comparisons from the time they began 50 years ago. Since then the number and type of countries and other jurisdictions participating in the comparisons have increased, as have the methodological problems. At the same time, the results of the international comparisons have had an increasing impact on education policies throughout the world, despite the fact that the policy implications drawn from the comparisons are based on seriously flawed data. The commentary describes the intractable problems inherent in making valid comparisons of student achievement across countries and recommends an approach to reformulating the research.



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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 19, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17537, Date Accessed: 7/28/2014 8:21:47 AM

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