In this post, Maksud Ali, Obaidul Hamid & Ian Hardy from the University of Queensland, discuss their recent paper ‘Ritualisation of testing: problematising high-stakes English-language testing in Bangladesh‘, published in COMPARE, 2020 (vol 50, Issue 4). High-stakes testing has become an inevitable part of Bangladeshi society. In this densely populated country, education and employment opportunities […]

By Roar Grøttvik, Political adviser, Union of Education Norway   The education systems in most OECD countries have now lived with the consequences of International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs) for more than a quarter of a century. Although these international assessments (TIMSS, PISA, PIAAC, PIRLS, etc.) have been debated extensively during this period, it is high […]

By Laura Engel (The George Washington University) and David Rutkowski (Indiana University) International large-scale assessments (ILSAs) are a fairly recent phenomena, developed in the mid-20th century and rapidly picking up steam since the mid-1990s. In the last decade, the ILSA industry has grown in terms of the different kinds of assessments, the subject areas assessed, […]

ILSA Inc. How is the global ILSA industry shaping international data on learning outcomes? By Camilla Addey, Teachers College, Columbia University This blog presents the ILSAINC research project. Dr Addey has been funded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, part of the Horizon 2020 Programme, by the European Commission to carry out this project. Dr Addey will be based at […]