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

25 November 2021 - 28 November 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 November 2021. This event, which has reached its 6th 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 the modality of carrying out, either in person or electronically, the VI edition of the Seminar “INVALSI data: a tool for teaching and scientific research” has not yet been decided; the decision will be made in October based on the evolution of the health situation.


The event takes place under the patronage of

The Italian network for the analysis of social policies. ESPAnet Italia is a network of social policy researchers that promotes the interdisciplinary debate on social policies considering different theoretical and methodological traditions in order to achieve a reciprocal and fruitful contamination.

The National Institute of Statistics - a public research body - is the main producer of official statistics. Founded in 1926, the Institute has constantly followed, measured and analyzed the collective phenomena and the milestones that transformed Italy.

The largest independent international organization that since 1919 has been fighting to improve the lives of children, operating in 120 countries.


Session 1

National students’ tests: how to make them comparable

Session co-organized with Espanet Italia 

Scientific coordinators of the session: Emmanuele Pavolini (Espanet Italia), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

Call text

An increasing number of countries has been introducing in recent decades tests in order to measure students’ achievements during their school years. It is a very rich and interesting material that allows policy makers, education professionals and researchers to study in-depth how the education system works and to improve it. At the same time, there are difficulties in partially homogenising the data collected in different countries in order to make them more comparable. Therefore, An important goal for the professionals and scientific community working on education systems would be to start discussing on how to adopt protocols and data collection choices that would allow for partial comparability of the data collected, following what has been done, for instance, by the Luxemburg Income Study in relation to measures of wealth and income.

Keywords: educational systems, comparability, skills


Session 2

Support and evaluation of education and training policies: synergies between institutions

 Session co-organized with ISTAT

Scientific coordinators of the session: Barbara Baldazzi (ISTAT), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

Call text

The National Statistical Systems are called upon to respond to issues that the last year has highlighted and further accentuated: school drop-outs, inadeguate skills, difficulties in accessing tertiary education, educational poverty and the vulnerability of some categories of subjects. The PNRR also presents a mission entirely devoted to the education, training and research system. A fundamental prerequisite for responding to these stimuli is harmonisation and standardisation of administrative and survey sources and their integration for a comprehensive reading of the phenomenon. Indeed, it becomes important and necessary to have timely and accurate monitoring data, included in international frameworks such as the SDGs, shared and produced in synergy among the various providers of statistics. The papers presented in the session will try to highlight the potential of interaction between different data sources.

Keywords: Early leavers from education and training, skills, interactions, integrated systems, monitoring


Session 3

The postpandemic educational challenges

Session co-organized with Save the Children   

Scientific coordinators: Antonella Inverno (Save the Children), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

Call text

Italy is characterized by unequal educational offer: lack of early childhood services, full-time programmes in primary and lower secondary schools, school feeding programmes and sports equipment and infrastructures, along with unsafe, not innovative or inclusive learning environments, insufficient new media education. In addition, the cooperation between schools and non profit organizations, civil society and cultural institutions is, in many areas, very limited. All these factors lead a large number of children and youth leaving school early. A reversal of the trend in public investments in schools is necessary. However, it is essential to establish which territories to prioritize limited financial resources available, and what indicators of severe educational deprivation to be used to channel resources. Can a “data collaborative” system help to identify the areas most at risk in terms of educational poverty?

Keywords: educational poverty, inequalities, indicators, data collaboratives, territories, public investments


Session 4

Citizenship competences among Italian youth. A comparative perspective

Scientific coordinators: Maria Magdalena Isac (researcher, KU Leuven, Centre for Political Research), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

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In light of recent crises, not least the COVID-19 pandemic, citizenship competences (e.g., civic knowledge and skills, norms of good citizenship, political trust, political participation, tolerance) have been highlighted as central mechanisms ensuring the functioning of democracies and of a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world. International data gathered by INVALSI such as the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) can help to advance our understanding of the development of such competences in youth as well as the social and educational factors associated with such development. In this session, we welcome contributions that focus on citizenship competences in Italian youth in an internationally comparative perspective and include reflections on implications for educational policy and practice.

Keywords: citizenship competences, citizenship education, internationally comparative research, International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS)


Session 5

INVALSI data: a tool to improve teaching

Scientific coordinators: Ellen Claes (associate professor, KU Leuven, Centre for Political Research), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

Call text

Achieving quality teaching is one of the main objectives of the school system. On the one hand, it must be able to give adequate responses to the expectations of all stakeholders and, on the other hand, to introduce tools, actions and checks through which the training offer can be constantly improved. the contributions presented in this session must be about the difficulties and perspectives of teaching and pave the way for new solutions, thanks to INVALSI data.

Keywords: teaching practices, learning, educational research, technologies and tools in education, innovation and school improvement


Session 6

INVALSI data and student characteristics

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Some learning milestones are valid for all students. However, these goals are achieved with different times and methods. The study of individual characteristics such as gender, origin, background socio-economic-cultural background, etc. highlights differences and similarities that have always distinguished school results. Contributions presented in this session, of which the INVALSI data constitute a valuable resource, require surveys to discuss the issue of school inclusion and strategic proposals in order to fill learning gaps.

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


Session 7

The Covid-19 pandemic and the effects on school results

Scientific coordinators: Andres Sandoval Hernandez (Head of Department of Education, University of Bath), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

Call text

School education is an organized form of education that takes place in schools and practices a great influence on members of society. What happens when the organization loses its best known form? The closure of the school was, in fact, one of the first measures put in place to counter the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The works presented in this session will be able to use INVALSI data to investigate how and to what extent the closure of schools may have influenced students' learning.

Keywords: covid-19, Dad, DID, results, strategies, quality of the education system


Session 8

Methods and models applied to INVALSI data

Scientific coordinators: Daniele Vidoni (policy officer, European Commission, DG Competition), Patrizia Falzetti (INVALSI)

Call text

The purpose of a mathematical model is to represent a specific object or phenomenon as incisively as possible and its purpose is to make future prognoses on a system. INVALSI data therefore constitute a large-scale database for their application. In this session we will welcome those contributions that will indicate new solutions and perspectives for the school system as a whole.

Keywords: mathematical models, methodologies, data, innovation, experimentation



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 abstracts' submission

  • Contributions relating to a scientific research work should be written in English with slide presentation in English.
  • Contributions relating to a work on teaching should be written in Italian with slide presentation in Italian.


At the end of the Seminar, authors will have the opportunity to publish their works, if not already published or in the process of being published, in a volume with an ISBN code.

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

All the specifications concerning the editorial rules will be provided later by e-mail.



(Registration will be active from 1st September 2021)


August 9th, 2021
Start call for paper.

September 1st, 2021
Abstract presentation opening.

September 25th, 2021 October 2nd, 2021
Deadline abstract submission.

October 15th, 2021
Communication of accepted abstracts.

October 16th - November 2nd, 2021
Speaker registration

3 – 15 21 novembre 2021
Participant registration

November 15th, 2021
Slide submission.

30 gennaio 2022
Submission of the contribution.

Keynote Speakers

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

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. President of INVALSI between 2014 and 2021.

Dirk Hastedt

Dirk Hastedt is the Executive Director of IEA. He oversees IEA's operations, studies, and services, and drives the IEA's overall strategic vision. Moreover, he develops and maintains strong relationships with member countries, researchers, policy makers, and other key players in the education sector. Dr Hastedt also serves as co-editor in chief of the IEA-ETS Research Institute (IERI) journal 'Large-scale Assessments in Education’.

Barbara Malak-Minkiewicz

Barbara Malak-Minkiewicz, received a Ph.D. in social sciences from the Warsaw University, Poland. Her M. A. is in psychology. Her major professional experiences come from an academic framework. She worked 19 years at Warsaw University (1969–1988), Department of Psychology, teaching courses in social and developmental psychology and conducting studies on socialization, social identity formation, interpersonal and inter-group conflict and aggression. She also lectured at universities in the Netherlands and United States. After collapse of communism, Dr. Malak-Minkiewicz professional interests switched to the transformation processes in Central-Eastern European countries, and especially – changes in education. In period 1990– 1996 she was involved in number of projects aimed on civic education reform in former communist countries. Since 1996 she is employed at the IEA Secretariat as a manager of membership relations and project supervisor. She was also a member of Planning and then Steering Committee of the IEA CIVED study and of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) for ICCS 2009. Dr. Malak-Minkiewicz is currently member of PAC for ICCS 2016.

Silvia Montoya

Silvia Montoya, the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, has extensive experience in a wide range of national and international initiatives to improve the quality, management and use of education statistics, with a specific focus on learning assessments. Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she has taken a leadership role within the international education community by helping to build consensus around the standards, methodologies and indicators needed to measure progress towards Education 2030. Prior to joining UNESCO in 2015, she was the Director-General of Assessment and Evaluation of Education Quality at the Ministry of Education, Buenos Aires and professor/researcher at the Catholic University of Argentina.
Prima di entrare a far parte dell’UNESCO nel 2015, è stata Direttore Generale della Valutazione della Qualità dell’Educazione presso il Ministero dell’Istruzione di Buenos Aires e professore/ricercatrice presso l’Università Cattolica dell’Argentina.

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.
He has worked for over 20 years with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that Schleicher “understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth” (The Atlantic, July 11). Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Schleicher “the most important man in English education” – even though he is German and lives in France.
Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

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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Associate professor - University of Modena and Reggio 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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Researcher - INVALSI

Michela Freddano

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Researcher, KU Leuven, Centre for Political Research

Maria Magdalena 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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Senior researcher - 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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Head of Department of Education, University of Bath

Andres Sandoval Hernandez

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Universidad Catolica de Chile

Ernesto Treviño Villareal

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Policy Officer – European Commission, DG Competition

Daniele Vidoni

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Organizing Committee

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Responsible for the event - Technologist director - INVALSI

Patrizia Falzetti

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Researcher - INVALSI

Michele Cardone

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Technical Research Assistant - INVALSI

Silvia Donno

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Technical Research Assistant - INVALSI

Francesca Leggi

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Technical Research Assistant - INVALSI

Monica Papini

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