V Seminar “INVALSI data: a tool for teaching and scientific research"

25 February 2021 - 28 February 2021
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Promoting the use of INVALSI data for scientific research and teaching.

The Seminar “INVALSI data: a tool for teaching and scientific research” will be held in Rome from 25th to 28th February 2021. This event, which has reached its 5th edition, has the purpose to promote the use of INVALSI data for scientific research and teaching. The data collected every year by INVALSI are a useful tool for investigating the characteristics of the Italian school system and for defining appropriate support or enhancement interventions. All interested parties are invited to submit research works based on INVALSI data.


We inform our kind users that, due to the recent events related to COVID-19, INVALSI has deemed it necessary to organize the 5th edition of the Seminar "INVALSI data: a tool for research and teaching" esclusively on-line.


Session 1

Inequality situations at school: detection methods and best practices for the solution


Session co-organized with Espanet Italia



Scientific coordinator: Emmanuele Pavolini, Espanet Italia, Patrizia Falzetti, INVALSI

Call text

Equality is a fundamental principle of the school system. However, in recent years, extant research at both national and international level shows how inequalities among students have increased. Economic, social, gender and geographic differences have produced a school model that is struggling to guarantee equality. By investigating the indicators developed with INVALSI data, the contributions presented in this session will shed some more light on existing inequalities and help identifying best practices to be adopted so that the differences at school can be rebalanced.

Keywords: inequalities in learning, school, educational policies.


Session 2

Learning analytics for improving the performance of students and institutions: methods, evidence and perspectives



Session co-organized with Politecnico di Milano




Scientific coordinator: Tommaso Agasisti, Politecnico di Milano, Patrizia Falzetti, INVALSI

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In the context of recent studies on educational policies, ‘Learning Analytics (LA)’ means the innovative use of statistical, econometric and machine learning techniques to identify recurrences and relationships between the variables that influence the results of students and institutions. In particular, the concept of LA is referred to situations with large, deep and complex databases, which allow the investigation of key problems of policy and educational practice with non-traditional and multidimensional perspectives. The main LA research areas can be classified as follows: (i) definition of predictive models of the risk of insufficient or particularly positive school performance; (ii) profiling of student characteristics associated with specific behaviours / performances, and (iii) integrated assessment of educational / teaching practices capable of impacting students' results. In this session, theoretical, methodological and / or empirical contributions on the use of Learning Analytics approaches are invited, with reference to the main problems identified and with applications at any school level (primary, secondary and university).

Keywords: Learning Analytics, school performance, students’ characteristics.


Session 3

INVALSI data: a tool for improving teaching and for evaluating transversal skills

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Education is the basis of individual growth. Studying means to grow intellectually, to understand the world around us, to improve one's employment and economic condition and to become citizens capable of acting in complex social systems. Can INVALSI data trigger an improvement process linked to test results and to the evaluation of the transversal skills necessary to face reality outside school? The aim of the contributions presented in this session would be to establish a link between classroom practice and scientific research, to discuss teaching problems and perspectives, and to pave the way for an interdisciplinary debate.

Keywords: teaching practices, learning, educational research, technologies and tools in education, transversal skills, school.


Session 4

Student results and their characteristics

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The study of students’ characteristics (gender, socio-economic-cultural background, origin, etc.) allows highlighting the differences and similarities that have always characterized school results. The contributions presented in this session will promote the debate on the topic of school inclusion and may propose solution strategies for the gaps that currently exist.

Keywords: gender, socio-economic-cultural background, origin, gaps, school performance, inclusion.


Session 5

Models and methods applied to INVALSI data

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The purpose of a mathematical model is to represent a given object or phenomenon as incisively as possible and its aim is to make future prognoses on a system. INVALSI data are a large-scale source database for the implementation of these models. The contributions presented in this session will propose new solutions and perspectives for the analysis of the school system as a whole.

Keywords: mathematical model, methodologies, data, innovation, experimentation.


Session 6

INVALSI data as a tool to support innovation and school improvement

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Since 2015, the ‘Improvement Plan’ became part of the school agenda. The Improvement Plan is a path that entails transformations and changes in a dynamic approach involving the whole school community and affecting two dimensions: the didactic and the managerial/organizational. The works presented in this session, for which INVALSI data constitute a precious resource, will provide ideas for the self-reflection and self-assessment of individual schools. quella didattica e quella organizzativa gestionale. I lavori presentati in questa sessione, in cui i dati INVALSI costituiscono una risorsa preziosa, potranno fornire spunti per l’autoriflessione e l’autovalutazione dei singoli Istituti.

Keywords: Evaluation, improvement, innovation, training, strategies, results, quality of the educational system, school effect.


Session 7

CBT tests and learning analysis

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Starting from 2017/2018 school year, computer based tests (CBT) have been introduced in national surveys and today these tools are used for school grades 8, 10 and 13. Also at international level, the tests of the various surveys managed by OECD and IEA are going in the same direction. Compared to paper&pencil, CBT opens new research scenarios. In which order have the items been completed? What responses have been reviewed and how have they been changed? How long did it take a student to answer each individual item? The works presented in this session could answer various questions and illustrate the potential of these tools.

Keywords: Computer based test, evaluation, digital teaching, didactic innovation, learning, effectiveness.


Session 8

The role of teachers on student achievement

Scientific coordinator of the session: Gianluca Argentin, Università di Milano Bicocca

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Teachers are known to be a crucial school factor that influences student achievement, but the mechanisms through which this process takes place are still largely obscure. This session encourages the presentation of papers focusing on characteristics, attitudes and practices of teachers and on analyses that evaluate (positively or negatively) the impacts on student performance and inequalities in education.

Keywords: teachers, teaching practices, school results.


Workshop 1

Advanced Secondary Analysis of Large-scale Assessments in Education: A Discussion of Methods

Organizator: Andres Sandoval-Hernandez, University of Bath

An illustration of advanced methods for secondary data analysis (e.g. person-centered and variables-centered measurement models; multilevel/SEM models) applied to Italian and international large-scale assessment data and its complexities (e.g. sampling weights, plausible values, missing data).


Workshop 2

Using Results of Secondary Analysis of Large-scale Assessments in Education to Inform Educational Policy

Organizator: Maria Magdalena Isac, KU Leuven & INVALSI

A didactic illustration of the use of results from large-scale assessment data in education to inform policy actors and wider audiences with examples of several policy briefs and the process of their elaboration.


Workshop 3

Agenda 2030: survey on Sustainable Development Goals through INVALSI data.

Organizer: INVALSI

This workshop will focus on 3 out of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. 1) Provide quality, fair and inclusive education; 2) achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; 3) reduce economic inequalities within and outside the national borders. INVALSI datasets will provide the base to take a snapshot of the results achieved, which can stimulate a discussion about possible improvements and a starting point for measuring possible progress.



August 16th

ore 12:00

Registrazione dei partecipanti

ore 13:00

Pausa Pranzo

ore 14:00

Saluti Istituzionali

Luisa Franzese – Direttore Generale
Carmela Palumbo – Direttore MIUR

ore 14:30

Invece del cheating…le ragioni del seminario

Anna Maria Ajello – Presidente INVALSI

ore 14:45

Leggere, scrivere, far di conto: cosa vuol dire oggi?

Marco Rossi-Doria – USR Campania



Interested parties must send an abstract (in Italian and English, maximum 6,000 characters including spaces for each) together with 3-6 keywords (in Italian and English) and a short biography (maximum 350 characters including spaces , in Italian and English) of each author / co-author.

Guidelines for abstracts' submission

For both the scientific research and the teaching tier, abstracts must summarize the entire work in order to allow readers to quickly get an idea of the contribution. Therefore they should be:

  • accurate: the abstract should reflect the aims and content of the contribution. Do not include information that does not appear in the contribution;
  • non-evaluative: must report data and not judge;
  • coherent and legible: the language must be clear and concise; use verbs rather than equivalent nouns and the active form rather than the passive one.

In order to improve the evaluation, both abstracts must be prepared in the following format and using the following paragraph style:

  • Introduction, which will help to clarify the work orientation by using references available in literature;
  • Object and research hypothesis;
  • Data used;
  • Methods;
  • Results.


Guidelines for the presentation of final contributions

The complete contribution should be written in Times new roman 12, line spacing 1.5 and must not exceed 8,000 words, including the final bibliography. Bibliographical references must follow the APA (American Psychological Association) standards.

Contributions relating to a scientific research work must be displayed in English and accompanied by slides in English; contributions relating to a work on teaching must be displayed in Italian and accompanied by slides in Italian.

An anti-plagiarism software will be used to check the works.


The contributions presented at the Seminar, if not already published or in press, can be included in a volume with ISBN with the consent of the author and after a double-blind peer review.




August 7th, 2020
Start call for paper.

september 15th, 2020
Abstract presentation opening.

october 26th, 2020 november 2nd, 2020
Deadline abstract submission.

november 16th, 2020 november 23rd, 2020
Communication of accepted abstracts.

november 16th, 2020 november 24th - december 7th, 2020
Speaker registration

december 18, 2020 december 22nd, 2020
Inizio registrazione partecipanti.

january 31st, 2021 february 15th, 2021
End registration.

february 5th, 2021 12 marzo 2021 29 marzo 2021
Submission of the contribution.

february 15th, 2021
Slide submission.

Keynote Speakers

Esteemed keynote speakers will introduce the main themes of the conference.

Tommaso Agasisti

Professor of Public Management at Politecnico di Milano. He is the co-director of the Master in School Management (Master MES) and of the Master in Managing digital innovation in schools (Master MIDIS) at MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, where he serves as Associate Dean for International Relations. His research interests deal with performance evaluation of public organizations, with a special attention to schools, universities and local governments. He is the Associate Editor of the journal Higher Education Quarterly, and Director of the journal Dirigenti Scuola.

Annamaria Ajello

Full Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of the University of Rome Sapienza. She studied the problems related to the acquisition of social and, in particular, economic knowledge. She has worked in collaboration with several public bodies (Province of Rome, Autonomous Province of Trento, Ministry of Education) where she was in charge for managing selection and training activities. She is currently President of INVALSI.

Tito Boeri

Professor of Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (where he was also Vice Rector for Research until autumn 2014) and Senior Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (where he was Centennial Professor). He was senior economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission, the International Labor Office as well as the Italian government. From March 2015 to February 2019 he held the position of President of the National Institute of Social Security (INPS). He is Scientific Advisor of the Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation (www.frdb.org) of which he has been Director since its establishment in 1998. He is a fellow of the European Economic Association and of the European Association of Labor Economists. He is also a research fellow of the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER Bocconi), of the CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research), of the Center for Economic Performance of London, of the IGA (Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit) of Bonn and of Netspar (Network for the Study of Pension and Retirement) of Tillburg. He was a columnist for Sole24ore, La Stampa and La Repubblica and has collaborated with foreign newspapers such as the Financial Times and Le Monde. He is one of the founders of the economic information site www.lavoce.info and the federated site in English www.voxeu.org. He is scientific director of the Trento Festival of Economics.

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Daniel Muijs

Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation at Ofsted. Prior to his current role, Daniel was Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, and Associate Dean Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences. He also previously worked as Professor of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, Professor of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior lecturer in quantitative research methods at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and quantitative research methods and has published widely in these areas. He is co-editor of the journal 'School Effectiveness and School Improvement', and has held key advisory posts in a range of academic and professional organisations, including the executive council of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction and the Questionnaire Expert Group for the OECD TALIS survey. Daniel holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), an MSc in Managerial Economics (Catholic University of Leuven) and a BA in Communication Sciences (Catholic University of Leuven).

Emmanuele Pavolini

Full Professor in Economic Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Macerata (Italy). He is a Member of the board of ESPAnet (European Social Policy Network) and co-chair of the board of Italian ESPAnet. He published articles on various journal, in Italian and English, on the welfare systems with specific attention to health care, family policies, occupational welfare, and studies, from a comparative perspective, on the Italian and Southern European welfare models. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy.

Roberto Ricci

Research Director at INVALSI where he has been responsible for national tests since 2008 and he is the coordinator of the research area. After obtaining a PhD in statistical methodology for scientific research, he has worked for over twenty years in the field of measurement of learning through standardized tests. He is a member of the Governing Boards of PISA and TALIS, and he is a member of the General Assembly of the IEA. In recent years, he has been involved in the national implementation of important evaluation tools in schools, such as the measurement of the school effect, the so-called added value, and the definition of the diachronic-longitudinal change of learning levels. Recently, he has been involved in the transition to computer-based testing (CBT) of the INVALSI tests, also in an adaptive perspective at the individual level (multistage adaptive testing). He is a trainer at schools to foster a constructive dialogue on the issues of external evaluation. He is the author of many informative and technical-methodological articles on topics related to large-scale standardized measurement.

Leslie Rutkowski

Associate Professor of Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University. Leslie's research is in the area of international large-scale assessment. Her interests include latent variable models and examining methods for comparing heterogeneous populations in international surveys. Leslie currently serves as associate editor for the Springer journal Large-scale Assessments in Education and as co-executive editor for the Springer book series, IEA Research for Education. She is also the chair of the PISA Technical Advisory Group and the US NAEP Questionnaire Standing Committee.

Andres Sandoval Hernandez

Currently Reader in Educational Research at the University of Bath in the UK. Previously, he worked as Head of the Research and Analysis unit at the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Germany and held various academic positions at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (both in Mexico). Over tha last few years, he has also collaborated with or consulted for the ministries of education of several countries and various international organisations including the World Bank, OECD, UNESCO and UNICEF. His research interests include comparative analysis of education systems using large-scale assessment data with a focus on educational inequalities and civic education.


Save the Children

Valeria Fabretti

Researcher at the Center for Religious Studies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento, Italy) and teacher of Sociology at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". Since 2019 she is a research consultant for Save the Children, Italy. In this context she works as a senior researcher for the Horizon 2020 IMMERSE project, which focuses on the social and educational integration of migrant and refugee children in Italy and Europe. She was a research fellow at the Documentation Center on Postecular Societies (CSPS) of the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' and by the Department of Social and Economic Sciences of the University of Rome 'Sapienza', where she previously obtained her PhD in Sociology (2009). Her studies and empirical researches concern the forms of coexistence and pluralism within public institutions and urban space, with particular attention to the management of cultural and religious diversities, to the expressions of intolerance and hatred towards minorities and to the intercultural education.

Christian Morabito

Senior researcher at Save the Children, Italy since 2014, where he developed the Educational Poverty Index which goal is to measure the educational deprivation of minors in Italy. During his career he has collaborated with UNDP, UNESCO, the European Commission and the World Bank, in particular in the management of cooperation and research programs in the field of poverty reduction and education in Europe and in sub-Saharan Africa. His main areas of specialization are: inequalities, in particular the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage, their measurement and public policies in the social and educational fields aimed at contrasting them.

Strategia Nazionale Aree Interne

Anna Ceci

Economist, senior expert in quantitative economic analysis, currently deals with the monitoring and evaluation of territorial public policies. Since 2000 she has been a researcher at the National Institute of Statistics, where until 2008 she coordinated the surveys on public and private non-profit institutions scientific research.
Since September 2016 she’s a member of the Evaluation and Analysis Unit for programming of the Department for cohesion policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, where she deals with methodological aspects concerning the use of data, construction of territorial statistical indicators and databases for the planning and evaluation of territorial public policies and coordinates the activities of methodological supervision on the implementation of projects on statistical measurement under the National Operational Program for Governance and Institutional Capacity 2014-2020.
From 2012 to 2016 she coordinated, within the Public Investment Assessment Unit (Uval) of the Ministry of Economic Development, the activities related to the definition of the result indicators set of the 2014-2020 Partnership Agreement, the activities methods for the implementation and publication of policy indicators at the territorial level and she actively participated in the “OpenCoesione” working group. From 2008 to 2011 she was a member of the technical secretariat of the Minister for Public Administration and Innovation, where she coordinated the design and implementation of the system for detecting sick leave of public employees and actively supported the head of the Department for digitization of the public administration and technological innovation of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. She published essays in Italian and English on the subject of the Italian economy, the labour market, the South and the measurement of public policy results.


Sabrina Lucatelli

Sabrina Lucatelli is High Level Expert working in the field of territorial policies in favour of low population density areas, dealing with both development issues and services reorganizations at both International and National/Local leve. At present she is Senior Expert at the Evaluation Unit of the Prime Minister Office. She has been in charge of The Inners Areas Strategy for the Prime Ministry Office of Italy: a special Action to stop population decrease in small municipalities and mountain areas. She is Italian Delegate, and Vice Secretary of the TDCP/Rural Areas. She has previously been at OECD as economist for the Directorate for Food Agriculture and Fisheries and the Economics Department, and at the European Commission, working in both Regional Policy Directorate and the Development Agency, in Brussels. She graduated from Rome University and undertook a Master of Science degree in Agriculture Economics at the Catholic University of Milan and a High Diploma in Rural Development at the University College Cork. She has been implementing important researches and evaluation activities trying to assess how the Rural Development Policy and the Regional Policy are impacting on rural areas in Italy, Europe and OECD Countries. Her works include books, papers and articles on relationships between agriculture and a region broader economics; rural-urban linkages; local development and basic services provision in rural areas. She is high level piano student (pre academic level).

Scientific Committee

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Researcher - University of Milan

Giovanni Abbiati

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Researcher - ISTAT

Barbara Baldazzi

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Associate professor - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Gianpaolo Barbetta

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Professore Associato – Università di Modena e Reggi Emilia

Chiara Bertolini

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British Academy Global Professor – University College London

Francesca Borgonovi

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Technologist director - INVALSI

Patrizia Falzetti

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Contract professor - University of Bologna

Federica Ferretti

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Researcher - INVALSI

Michela Freddano

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Ricercatrice – Università di Groningen

Maria Magadlena Isac

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Researcher - "Sapienza", University of Rome

Veronica Lo Presti

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Full professor - University of Bologna

Stefania Mignani

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Technical Research Assistant - INDIRE

Sara Mori

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Prima ricercatrice – INVALSI

Laura Palmerio

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Researcher - University of Bari

Serafina Pastore

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Full Professor - University of Macerata

Emmanuele Pavolini

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Dirigente di ricerca – INVALSI

Roberto Ricci

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Policy Officer – European Commission, DG Competition

Daniele Vidoni



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