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Academic Interests

Until July 2022, Isa Steinmann was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO). Now she is associate professor at OsloMet. One strand of her research focuses on determining how education systems and schools affect student achievement and educational inequality outcomes. In this field, she enjoys applying methods that aim for causal inference from large-scale assessment data. Another strand of her research interests concerns how properties of international large-scale assessments are linked to their results and interact with the respondents.



Isa Steinmann holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Münster and a PhD in Education from TU Dortmund University in Germany. She has worked as researcher at TU Dortmund University and the University of Oslo. She co-coordinated the European Training Network OCCAM ( and served as International Quality Observer for the International Civics and Citizenship Study (ICCS) on behalf of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

Central Scholarships and Awards

  • 2019 Rudolf Chaudoire Award (TU Dortmund University)
  • Since 10/2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship (College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER))
  • 08/2019 – 03/2020 Gustafsson & Skrondal Visiting Scholarship (CEMO, University of Oslo)
  • 04/2016 – 02/2019 Doctoral Scholarship (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)


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  • Steinmann, Isa; Sanchez, Daniel; Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2022). How do inconsistent responders to mixed-worded questionnaire scales affect inferences in international large scale assessments? .
  • Raabe, Isabel J. & Steinmann, Isa (2022). Why do Girls get Better Grades in School? .
  • Strello, Andrés; Strietholt, Rolf; Steinmann, Isa & Siepmann, Charlotte (2022). Combining Two Decades of Evidence to Study the Effects of Tracking on Inequality and Segregation.
  • Strello, Andrés; Strietholt, Rolf & Steinmann, Isa (2021). The Effect of Between-school Tracking on School Segregation: International Evidence on Socioeconomic and Gender Segregation.
  • Steinmann, Isa & Olsen, Rolf Vegar (2021). Equality of school effectiveness in the Nordic countries.
  • Steinmann, Isa (2021). No, I don’t think I am no good at all! Double negation troubles in mixed-worded questionnaires.
  • Steinmann, Isa & Rutkowski, Leslie (2021). The Link between Gender Gaps in Secondary School Enrollment and Achievement.
  • Steinmann, Isa; Braeken, Johan & Strietholt, Rolf (2021). Identifying Inconsistent Respondents to Mixed-Worded Scales in Large-Scale Assessments.
  • Gladushyna, Olesya; Strietholt, Rolf & Steinmann, Isa (2021). Educational Gap Among Fourth Graders: Subject-Specific Strength and Weaknesses by Country, Gender, and Language Background.

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Published Oct. 5, 2020 8:16 AM - Last modified Aug. 3, 2022 1:43 PM