The multiple effects of international large-scale assessment on education policy and research

Lewis, Steven and Lingard, Bob (2015) The multiple effects of international large-scale assessment on education policy and research. Discourse, 36 5: 621-637. doi:10.1080/01596306.2015.1039765

Author Lewis, Steven
Lingard, Bob
Title The multiple effects of international large-scale assessment on education policy and research
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2015.1039765
Volume 36
Issue 5
Start page 621
End page 637
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper introduces a serendipitous special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, focusing on the rise of large-scale international testing and performance data in school system accountability and the effects that such changes have produced in education policy and research. These developments are theorised in terms of the reworking of the State and networked modes of governance, including the increased involvement of edu-businesses in education policy-making and enactment, and the emergence of new topological spatialities and connectivities associated with globalisation. We contend that the prevalence of international large-scale assessments has greatly enhanced the mutual ‘visibility’ between participating national (and subnational) schooling systems within a commensurate space of measurement, which in turn makes possible new ways of acting in light of ‘evidence-informed’ policy-making. This analysing and theorising serves to both contextualise and introduce the papers included in this special issue. The paper closes by considering the implications of such developments on education policy and research, and how this necessitates the development for a new approach for researchers engaged in policy analysis, now and into the future.
Keyword Large scale assessment
large-scale assessment, accountability, policy, research, topology, edu-businesses, evidence-informed policy
Edu businesses
Evidence informed policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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