New York City Seminar

International Assessment and International Convergence of Educational Reforms

This seminar was held on 6th and 7th March 2015,  Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.

Co-Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) &

Teachers College, Columbia University 

How and to what extent has international assessment contributed to an international convergence of national educational systems? What is the relation between system variables of best performing educational systems and global education policy? Which system variables go global and which ones do not? International assessments lend themselves for global norm setting. By virtue of standardized comparison, international assessments lend themselves for first identifying system variables of best performing educational systems and subsequently repackaging and “deterritorializing” them in the form of “international standards,” “best practices,” or “21st century skills.”

The plenary Presentations are available on the video tab above.  They were:

Did Thorndike Outcompete Dewey? International Testing and Student Centred Education

Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University.

International Large Scale Assessments – what are they good for?

Dirk Hastedt, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)

Projecting Images of the “Good” and the “Bad School”: Using Top Scorers in Large-Scale Assessments as Reference Societies

Florian Waldow, Humboldt University, Berlin.

The programme is available here: Programme NYC TC Seminar March 2015

For further information about this seminar please contact Oren Pizmony-Levy <>