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A solution: Countries which do not meet sample requirements are excluded from reports or their results are reported with caveats as in TIMSS and PISA. Comparisons over time The problem: Concern has been raised about the limitations of international surveys for making causal inferences about patterns of student achievement over time. Concerns raised include: studies are not adequately linked, countries can change relative positions as a result of chance, a country can rise or fall in its relative position as a result of changes another country has made.
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