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Measuring progress in reading achievement between primary and secondary school across countries

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  • Maciej Jakubowski

    () (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

  • Artur Pokropek

    () (Institute of Educational Research (IBE))

Abstract

This paper discusses a method to compare progress in reading achievement from primary to secondary school across countries. The method is similar to value-added models that take into account intake levels when comparing student progress in different schools. Value-added models are preferred over raw scores as they better reflect school efforts. The method discussed in this paper uses measures of achievement in primary schools from PIRLS and compares them to secondary school results from PISA. Changes in achievement are estimated using IRT models and random draws of test items. Results describe an interval in which estimates of progress can lie, depending on the comparability of these two assessments. Estimates of progress are also adjusted for student age, gender and other characteristics that differ between countries and surveys. Separate results by gender, immigrant status, and proficiency level provide a detailed picture of how students in different countries progress in school from the age of 10 to 15.

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  • Maciej Jakubowski & Artur Pokropek, 2011. "Measuring progress in reading achievement between primary and secondary school across countries," Working Papers 2011-20, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  • Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2011-20
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    Keywords

    human capital; cognitive skills; international student achievement tests; education; PISA; PIRLS;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General

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