No Country Left Behind: Rhetoric and Reality of International Large-Scale Assessment
William H. Angoff Memorial Lecture
The 13th Angoff Memorial Lecture, "No Country Left Behind: Rhetoric and Reality of International Large-Scale Assessment." The author is Dr. Michael J. Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at The George Washington University.
The new report focuses on the nature and quality of comparative international assessments and outlines several caveats and cautions that policymakers should consider when interpreting the results. While Feuer agrees that the appropriate interpretation of comparative educational data can help policymakers and educators evaluate policy choices aimed at the improvement of teaching, learning and the governance of our schools, his lecture focuses on getting the right data — and getting the interpretation of those data right. Good international educational comparisons should be a stimulus for broad and deep conversations about what the nation values in its school system, and what we need to do to improve student achievement and continue economic progress.
The William H. Angoff Memorial Lecture Series was created in 1994 to honor the life and work of Bill Angoff. For more than 50 years, Angoff made major contributions to educational and psychological measurement. Aligned with Angoff's interests, this lecture series is devoted to relatively nontechnical discussions of important public interest issues related to educational measurement.
You can download "No Country Left Behind: Rhetoric and Reality of International Large-Scale Assessment" (PDF) free-of-charge.
A full video of the lecture and an interview with Feuer are also available online.