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Trade-offs in examination policies: an international comparative perspective

ByHarold J. Noah and Max A. Eckstein 84

This chapter reports on recent changes in examination policy and practice in eight contemporary national systems of secondary school leaving examinations (China, England and Wales, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, USA and USSR). It refers to some aspects of a larger study of secondary school examinations in those eight countries that Max Eckstein and I have begun this year, with support (gratefully acknowledged) from the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, by identifying significant trade-offs present in current policies and practices.