The Role of the iPIPS Assessment in Providing High Quality Value Added Information on School and System Effectiveness within and between Countries

Posted: 10 Dec 2014 Last revised: 13 Mar 2015

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Elena Kardanova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Alina Ivanova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Merrell Christine

Durham University

Hawker David

Durham University

Peter Tymms

University of Durham

Date Written: December 9, 2014

Abstract

Despite the growing influence of international surveys of student achievements such as PISA, TIMSS, and PIRLS on policy, there is currently no international baseline study of children’s development on starting school. As a result, nobody knows for sure the extent to which the differences in performance between countries which are observed in these later assessments are already present when children start school, and the impact of educational policy and school effectiveness.

This working paper describes the development of such an international study (iPIPS) which aims to help answer some key questions relating to early years and schooling. iPIPS takes as its basis, the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) On-entry baseline and follow-up assessments which were developed by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University (UK). PIPS has been used for twenty years in schools in a range of countries, providing a wealth of data for research purposes. iPIPS aims to collect assessment data from representative samples of children internationally. The paper will also report on the work undertaken in 2013-2014 to adapt and pilot the iPIPS instruments for use in Russia.

Keywords: iPIPS, International comparative study, Rasch model, test adaptation.

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Kardanova, Elena and Ivanova, Alina and Christine, Merrell and David, Hawker and Tymms, Peter, The Role of the iPIPS Assessment in Providing High Quality Value Added Information on School and System Effectiveness within and between Countries (December 9, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 20/EDU/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2535756

Elena Kardanova (Contact Author)

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Alina Ivanova

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Merrell Christine

Durham University ( email )

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Hawker David

Durham University ( email )

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Peter Tymms

University of Durham ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HY
United Kingdom

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