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The Intersection of International Achievement Testing and Educational Policy Development in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Departement of Educational Measurement.
2016 (English)In: The Intersection of International Achievement Testing and Education Policy: Global Perspectives on Large-Scale Reform / [ed] Louis Volante, Routledge, 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on educational reforms and political reactions to Swedish performance in international achievement studies. It describes the origin and fundamental ideologies of Sweden’s public education and its transition from a centralized, regulated, and norm-referenced assessment system to a decentralized, deregulated, “goal-orientated” market-driven model. It examines context and reactions to Sweden’s performance in international achievement studies, notably the disappointing recent PISA results. Swedish students’ performance shows a steep decline and increasing gap between low and high achievers, resulting in political turmoil and public discussions detrimental to the status of the teaching profession. Potential causes and future reforms are discussed.

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Routledge, 2016.
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international assessment; large-scale testing; assessment
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didactics of educational measurement
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112605ISBN: 9781317386186OAI: diva2:881663
Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2015-12-11

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