Participation in International Tests

Tricia also put up a measure of national participation in international educational tests.

It is a neat idea that Chiqui mentioned a while back.  We didn’t discuss it extensively, but I think the idea was that participation in the IEA testing regime might affect national educational policies.  Participating in testing activates a sense of competition — putting nations in more of a ‘horesrace’ mentality.  And, it stratifies nations, which facilitates copying/diffusion.  You know who is ‘winning’ and might choose to emulate them.

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