LEA: Large-scale Educational Assessment
The research group “Large-scale Educational Assessment” (LEA) is aimed at developing and validating large-scale assessments, addressing relevant questions in education based on large-scale assessment data, and disseminating the findings obtained from large-scale assessment data analysis to a broad audience, including policy makers and stakeholders, researchers, teachers and schools, and students.
Educational assessments are critical to educational research, practice, and policy-making. In fact, evaluating what works and what doesn’t in education stands and falls with the availability of reliable and validated assessments. The quality of educational assessments is especially important in the context of national and international large-scale studies (e.g., TIMSS, PISA, TALIS), as they inform educational research, practice, and policy-making from a comparative perspective.
Three Focus Areas
Research activities are organized in three focus areas, namely Knowledge about educational assessments, Knowledge from educational assessments, and Knowledge dissemination, and make explicit the interplay between research, education, and dissemination.
Knowledge about educational assessments
Constructing measures and evaluating the validity of (large-scale) educational assessments
Knowledge from educational assessments
Addressing educationally relevant research questions using data obtained from (large-scale) educational assessments
Communicating findings and quality indicators of assessments to different audiences and synthesizing existing research