This study locates preliminary information on the nature and extent of national assessment systems around the world. This was done through a searching strategy based on a formal literature search, internet searches, enquiries through information sharing networks and personal requests for information. Information on nearly 170 countries was collected.
- For all countries there was some evidence that they are engaged in some form of systematic assessment programme aimed at least in part in evaluating standards.
- For some countries, the sole reported means of doing this is through international comparative studies, such as the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
- Many smaller or developing countries take part in other international schemes, such as the World Bank's Monitoring Learning Achievement (MLA).
- Twenty-two countries were identified which run their own national assessment systems.
- At least nine countries were identified which do not have any form of national monitoring of standards (though they may participate in international surveys).
- The subjects tested most frequently are language and mathematics.
- Age groups assessed vary according to the schooling systems, but there is a tendency to test toward the end of primary education.
- Countries test random samples or the whole cohort, or sometimes both of these for different elements of their programme.
- It was very difficult to locate the stated purposes of the assessment systems.
How to cite this publication:
Ager, R., Benefield, P., O'Donnell, S. and Whetton, C. (2005). A Preliminary Scoping Exercise of Systems for Monitoring Educational Standards Over Time at National Level. London: QCA.