Large-scale international assessments of learning outcomes: balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders

Guirong Li, Irina Shcheglova, Ashutosh Bhuradia, Yanyan Li*, Prashant Loyalka, Olivia Zhou, Shangfeng Hu, Ningning Yu, Liping Ma, Fei Guo, Igor Chirikov

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Abstract

The demand for large-scale assessments in higher education, especially at an international scale, is growing. A major challenge of conducting these assessments, however, is that they require understanding and balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders (government officials, university administrators, and students) and also overcoming potential unwillingness of these stakeholders to participate. In this paper, we take the experience of the Study of Undergraduate Performance (SUPER) in conducting a large-scale international assessment as a case study. We discuss ways in which we mitigated perceived risks, built trust, and provided incentives to ensure the successful engagement of stakeholders during the study’s implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-213
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • China
  • Higher education
  • India
  • large-scale assessment
  • Russia
  • skills

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