International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies

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International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies Board on International Comparative Studies in Education Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education National Research Council 2101 Constitution Avenue, Harris 178, Washington, D.C. 20418, U.S.A. Telephone: 1-202-334-3010 Facsimile: 1-202-334-3584

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International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Bruce Alberts is president of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. Robert M. White is president of the National Academy of Engineering. The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine is president of the Institute of Medicine. The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy's purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Bruce Alberts and Dr. Robert M. White are chairman and vice chairman, respectively of the National Research Council. The work of the Board on International Comparative Studies in Education is supported with funds from the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics, through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Copyright 1995 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.