A representative sample is a small quantity of something that accurately reflects the larger entity. An example is when a small number of people accurately reflect the members of an entire population.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; International Early Learning Study (IELS) 2018 Field Test Recruitment
Type of Review: A new information collection.
Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 404.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 152.
Abstract: The International Early Learning Study, scheduled to be conducted in 2018, is a new study sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries. . .
In 2018, in the participating countries, including the United States, the IELS will assess nationally-representative samples of children ages 5.0-5.5 years (in kindergarten in the United States) through direct and indirect measures, and will collect contextual data about their home learning environments, Early Childhood Education and Care histories, and demographic characteristics . . .
The IELS will measure young children’s knowledge, skills, and competencies in both cognitive and non-cognitive domains, including language and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, executive function/self-regulation, and social emotional skills. This assessment will take place as children are transitioning to primary school and will provide data on how U.S. children entering kindergarten compare with their international peers on skills deemed important for later success. . .
It is estimated, by ChildStats.gov, that there will be 24.2 million five year olds in the United States in 2017.
How can 404 responses be considered a representative sample, or accurately reflect the entire population of 24.2 million children?
Which families of which children will be chosen to represent all five year olds in the US?
These tests, if allowed to be given, will be given to all five year olds yet assessed on the responses of a representative sample.
This is yet another means of shoring up the profits of testing companies while creating another avenue of segregation and dehumanization for our children.
The industrialized countries of the world have organized to maintain elitist control over their populations by normalizing them.
All children, regardless of where they live, must be treated as individuals.
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