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Benchmarking the performance of Bhutanese students with the performance of the students from the OECD's PISA countries

Tshering, Gembo and Prain, Vaughan 2011, Benchmarking the performance of Bhutanese students with the performance of the students from the OECD's PISA countries, Educational research and evaluation, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 263-281, doi: 10.1080/13803611.2011.621763.

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Title Benchmarking the performance of Bhutanese students with the performance of the students from the OECD's PISA countries
Author(s) Tshering, Gembo
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan orcid.org/0000-0001-5832-4727
Journal name Educational research and evaluation
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 263
End page 281
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 1380-3611
1744-4187
Keyword(s) benchmarking
PISA
test validity
linking tests
item calibration
alignment between test and curriculum standards
Bhutanese education system
Item Response Theory
Summary Setting international benchmarks for education systems of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries is one of the goals of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). However, some countries are not able to participate in PISA, despite their desire to set international benchmarks for their education systems. This article presents a method of setting international benchmarks for a country's school education system, without necessarily participating in PISA, by designing a test using the test items released by PISA for public consumption. The method has been implemented in a study that involved 1,500 Grade 10 students across 60 schools in Bhutan. The students were administered a mathematics test constructed from the PISA Mathematical Literacy test items. The study showed that the performance of Bhutanese students was comparable with the performance of the students from the countries that participated in PISA 2003 and that Bhutan could learn from both high- and low-performing school education systems of those countries.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13803611.2011.621763
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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