and testing are an integral parts of a successful education
system. With higher education
being accessible to more and more people, it becomes increasingly
challenging to compare the quality of education. Testing is
essential. But how do we test? And how can we compare tests
from different schools, student populations, curricula, and
teaching methods? National and international testing for the
purpose of evaluating national standing are more and more popular.
The results are taken very seriously and used to reshape national
(US) education policy, shifting money, producing and selling
text books, providing tutoring services, and last but not least,
defining content and 'real life' importance about the things
we teach our kids including science, religion, and sex.
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