Evidence and International Assessment: Repercussions and Ressonance
This project explores several projects and activities which emerge in national reform policy and research as an implication of increased public interest in international comparisons. Our research examines the repercussions and resonance of policy tools and instrumentation, such as international assessment, standard-based reform, research mapping, and school audits.
About the project
Over the last years there has been a growing interest among Norwegian school authorities in the use of scientific evidence. International studies (PISA, TIMSS, et cetera) provide such evidence to compare students’ competence accross countries. These studies have served as a basis for developing indicators in evaluation policy at the national level in Norway. There has also been a growing interest in the adoption of new policy tools, such as standard-based reform, research mapping and synthesis, and school audits.
This research project explores the range of programs and activities that are emerging, and examines the repercussions and resonance of the new tools in research and reform for lower and secondary school. The project examines the connectivity between research and policy-making, and investigates the Norwegian engagement in policy programs at the European level. The project has been funded by the Faculty of Education, 2009, 2010 and 2015 by Supplement Research Funding for smaller Research Projects.