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LEA: Large-scale Educational Assessment

Research within LEA is aimed at assessing learning outcomes and competences of students, teachers, and school leaders, to respond to didactical and general educational research questions and to policy-oriented issues .

In addition, method development will be central to the group's work, particularly methods that can be used in the construction of assessment instruments and in the analysis of data from large-scale educational asssessment projects (e.g., TIMSS, PISA, ICILS).

Different Purposes of Assessment
  • Diagnosis, Formative Feedback & Intervention
  • Prediction & Selection
  • Evaluation, Accountability, & Policy

About the group

The research group Large-scale Educational Assessment (LEA) consists of researchers at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS/EKVA) and at the Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO), but is also open to others who share our research focus. The research group brings together substantive, didactical, operational, methodological, and psychometric competences and experience with respect to the research area of comparative and international educational studies, one of the eight research areas prioritized by the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo.

Mathematics Reading Science Methods

Research. Research group members work primarily with current issues related to students', teachers' and school leaders' competences. We also undertake secondary analyses of data from the large scale national and international comparative studies. This can involve issues dealing with relations between attitudes and skills, equal educational opportunities, and in-depth analyses of specific groups such as poor readers or minority-language pupils. Such studies allow us to put the Norwegian students' competences in reading, science and mathematics in a broader context.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Within the research group, four SIGs have been set up to facilitate academic cooperation and to investigate fundamental research questions about competences and learning outcomes of Norwegian pupils, and this across major large-scale assessment projects and at different stages in their education. Three of the SIGs focus on both the development and the analysis of educational assessments targeted at a distinct contents topic, being either mathematics, reading, or science. The forth SIG focuses on methodological issues that play a role across projects as well as the development of new methods to address questions and challenges that arise in the context of the other SIGs. The interplay between the different SIGs will foster an engaging and stimulating research environment for the members of LEA.


A large number of members in the research group is involved in large scale assessment projects that are funded by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, and other government and general educational agencies. These projects include work on the Norwegian national tests as well as on major international comparative studies such as PISA and TIMSS. For more information on specific projects, please see the list with current PhD projects and see the homepages of EKVA and CEMO.

Published Jan. 15, 2015 1:18 PM - Last modified Mar. 19, 2018 5:43 PM