Education Notes is a series produced by the World Bank to share lessons learned from innovative approaches to improving education practice and policy around the globe. Background work for this piece was done in partnership, with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2012-02)
The importance of learning assessment is
linked to growing evidence that learning drives prosperity.
Research finds a one standard deviation increase in scores
on international assessments of reading and mathematics is
associated with a 2 percent point increase in annual growth
rates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita (Hanushek
and Woessmann, 2007). This brief includes the following
headings: challenges to assessing student learning; what do
assessment systems look like?; Effective assessment systems;