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Standards in Education: Reforms, Stagnation and the Need to Rethink

Bolden, David; Tymms, Peter

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Countries around the world are striving to improve their educational systems with a view to improving their economy and society. In this global competition, national and international test results are of considerable interest. In this paper, we show that national testing in England and the USA have shown little or no improvement over the years. This finding is not isolated; it appears to be a global phenomenon. Data from large-scale international assessments such as PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS are remarkably stable over time. This paper reviews the trends from country-specific and international data and explores some of the reasons which have been offered for such stability. We argue that these explanations are insufficient and ways forward are discussed.

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Bolden, D., & Tymms, P. (2020). Standards in Education: Reforms, Stagnation and the Need to Rethink. Oxford Review of Education, 46(6), 717-733. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2020.1781608

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 15, 2020
Publication Date Nov 1, 2020
Deposit Date May 29, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 15, 2022
Journal Oxford Review of Education
Print ISSN 0305-4985
Electronic ISSN 1465-3915
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 6
Pages 717-733
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2020.1781608

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