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Disseminating and Using Student Assessment Information in Russia

This case study examines how the Russian Federation disseminates and uses information from its student assessment system, drawing lessons for other countries seeking to more effectively use their  own  assessment data. Russia’s Unified State Examination (USE) is primarily used for student selection and certification purposes, but a variety of other uses have been attached to  it, including informing  pedagogy, ensuring accountability, and monitoring education quality. This variety of uses has had both positive and negative consequences for the school system. Information from international large-scale assessments (e.g.,  PISA, TIMSS, and PIRLS)1 has been widely used to introduce reforms in the school system. Factors that have affected the differential use of USE and international large-scale assessment data include, among others, the purpose of a given assessment, its design features and level of credibility, and access to the assessment database.