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This course presents and discusses multidisciplinary issues related to the use and implementation of international large-scale assessments. The topics covered in the course include large-scale assessments as change agents; technologies in large-scale assessments; the role of assessing cognitive skills in international growth and development; the utility and need for assessing noncognitive skills in large-scale assessments; and the role of large-scale assessments in research on educational effectiveness and school development. The course also provides an overview of three major international large-scale assessments in education, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The assessment and analytical frameworks of these three international large-scale assessments will be presented and described. Statistical software programs, such as IBM SPSS Statistics and IDB Analyser, will be used to provide students with hands-on experience in analysing international large-scale assessment datasets, such as PISA, TIMSS, and PIRLS.
Skill Level: Beginner