Educational Measurement in the Norwegian Context
How do we assess children's abilities? This project will look into the Norwegian assessment system. Photo: Colourbox
About the project
This is an evolving portfolio of research relating to assessment in the context of Norwegian primary and secondary school. The portfolio will be built up gradually over the next years, first with two PhD-positions from the autumn 2017. Over the next years we will also seek external funding for specific sub-projects
There are a number of completed or ongoing research activities where assessment in Norway is the object. However, with the exception of research in the field of special needs education, research framed within the field of educational measurement is scarce or non-existent. The overarching aim of the project is to contribute with research targeting a range of the system-wide assessments used to measure students’ knowledge, skills or competencies in Norwegian schools.
The Norwegian assessment system is based on a long tradition with two main components: teacher-made tests throughout the year and end-of-term centrally administered exams (secondary school). In addition, during the last decade other forms of centrally developed and administered tests have been established with the purpose of monitoring the quality of the educational system at all levels.
As stated above, the field of assessment in Norway is today not well-informed by research. There exist little or no knowledge about teachers’ own assessment practices, the centrally developed exams are not systematically evaluated as measures, and we lack information about score use and validity of all kind of assessments. Several of the assessments are developed by professional test developers, and they have reported core features of the psychometric properties of the instruments in reports, but these are typically not peer-reviewed or published in the public domain.
- Development of motivation and competence in mathematics (PhD project)
- Linking assessments over grades and years to measure students’ progress
- Modelling the change of institutions over time and how such changes affect achievement
- Validity of low-stakes assessments for system-wide monitoring
- Using and improving micro-level register data for educational research in Norway
- Linking the national system with the international studies
- Reliability and validity of the national system of exams
- Teachers’ and school leaders’ assessment literacy
- Standard-setting in the Norwegian context
Until external funding is secured, the project is financed by CEMOs own budget. Two PhD-postions will be filled from the Aug/Sept 2017, and internal resources will be used for the two PI’s. Applications for grants will be sent to the Norwegian Research Council during 2017/18.
Several of the projects are linked to existing assessments. We are therefore seeking to establish a firm relationship with the Directorate for Teaching and Training (Utdanningsdirektoratet) and the centers developing the various national assessments. For sub-projects it may be relevant to include some of the institutions that develops the assessments as partners