Education Inequality In Slovakia: The Effects Of Early Selection

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We are grateful to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics for the provision of training on the analysis of large and complex educational data sets and for supporting the work of this volume. We would also like to thank the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for its support of the research programme, Raising and Levelling the Bar in Children’ s Cognitive, Behavioural and Health Outcomes. This programme provided a useful context for this work. We also wish to thank Stacey Wilson-Forsberg for her advice and research assistance.

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Olga Zelmanova (Slovakia): Analyst, consultant and data miner with SPSS, Inc. Prior to her current position, she was an analyst and research developer at the National Institute for Education of Slovakia, where she was also the national co-ordinator for TIMSS 1999 and research manager for Matura. Her research interests included young people’s problem solving and the impact of socio-economic background on pupils’ outcomes. E-mail:

Paulina Korsnakova (Slovakia): Head of the Department for the Implementation of a Curricula and Measurements, National Institute for Education, Slovakia. Dr Korsnakova holds a doctoral degree in Psychology from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She has been an OECD PISA National Project Manager since 2002 and is a member of the Science Expert Group for PISA 2006. She serves on the Editorial Board of Pedagogicke Spektrum. Her research focuses on assessment and curriculum in the natural sciences. E-mail:

J. Douglas Willms (Canada)

Professor and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Development at UNB and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the International Academy of Education, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Search. Dr. Willms has published several books, monographs, and research article pertaining to youth literacy, children's health, the accountability of schooling systems, and the assessment of national reforms. Willms and his colleagues designed Telll Them From Me, an evaluation system for the continuous monitoring of student engagement and school climate. E-mail:

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Zelmanova, O., Korsnakova, P., Tramonte, L. et al. Education Inequality In Slovakia: The Effects Of Early Selection. Prospects 36, 529–538 (2006).

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  • OECD Country
  • Slovak Republic
  • Mathematics Achievement
  • Entrance Examination
  • Late Selection