Prospects for the Future: A Framework and Discussion of Directions for the Next Generation of International Large-Scale Assessments

  • Henry BraunEmail author


The principal aim of this chapter is to offer a preliminary framework for considering international large-scale assessment related issues, and to situate the different perspectives from education, economics, educational psychology, civics and citizenship studies, and last but not least technology—based on presentations and discussions given at the international assessment conference at Educational Testing Service in Princeton—within this framework. This chapter gives an overview of how the different directions of research and development in this area fit into this framework and concludes with some thoughts on future directions for research in the domain of international comparative studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Education PolicyLynch School of Education Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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