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Introducing Vouchers and Standardized Tests for Higher Education in Russia: Expectations and Measurements

Osipian, Ararat (2008): Introducing Vouchers and Standardized Tests for Higher Education in Russia: Expectations and Measurements.

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Abstract

The reform of higher education in Russia, based on standardized tests and educational vouchers, was intended to reduce inequalities in access to higher education. The initiative with the vouchers has failed and by now is already forgotten while the national test is planned to be introduced nationwide in 2009. The national test called to replace the present corrupt system of entry examinations has experienced numerous problems so far and will likely have even more problems in the future. This paper analyses the reform and suggests a methodology of measuring effects of the reform on access to higher education.

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