Workshop A Tuesday morning

Swedish school grades and national tests

Tuesday, June 15, 9-12 CET

In educational research, school grades and scores from national tests are common indicators of class or student performance or school quality. Such data can provide useful information, but can also offer challenges to researchers, both when it comes to how analyses are to be carried out and when it comes to how outcomes can be interpreted. This is especially the case if measures or assessment methods resulting in grades or test scores are not standardised in administration or scoring, but also with regard to the scale itself. These are typical challenges in a Swedish context, since school grades and tests are criterion referenced and based on teachers judgments.

This workshop will discuss the characteristics of grades and national test data, how skewed distributions can be handled and what types of analyses that can be carried out. During the workshop, databases where data can be accessed, such as SIRIS and SALSA, will be described and discussed. Participants will be provided data and practical tasks during the day.

Target group and previous knowledge requirements

This workshop is open for all who are interested in educational research where educational data such as described here are used, and want to learn more about Swedish educational data and/or methods for analysing such data, for instance to make comparisons between instruments, classes, groups, schools or over time.

Prerequisites

It is recommended that participants have some understanding of basic statistics and bring their own laptops with SPSS software installed.

Workshop leaders

The workshop will be led by Anders Auer, Jonas Sandqvist and Daniel Gustafsson from The Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket).