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Cross-National Standards: A Dutch-Swedish Collaborative Effort in National Standardized Testing

Journal article
Authors John de Jong
Mats Oscarson
Published in AILA Review
Volume 28, 2015
Issue 10/2015
Pages 117-130
ISSN 1461-0213
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 117-130
Language en
Keywords language testing, cross-national test development, standardization, item response theory, IRT
Subject categories International education


The study investigated the possibility of using data gathered on tests of reading comprehension of English as a foreign language from a sample of Swedish students, to predict item and test characteristics if the tests were to be used in the Netherlands. Results from the data analyses, based both on classical and item response theory, and involving students from both the Swedish and Dutch educational systems, suggest that predictions on item and test quality hold across the two national groups.

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