If you are not familiar with the Paris-based (OECD) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. I hope I can help you get to grips with the basics.
Here is my summary in order to understand the (PISA) Programme for International Student Assessment.
The following sentence is taking from the Pisa in Focus report from 2013.
“So if you ask why you should care about PISA results, consider your child’s future, your own performance in school or at work, and your country’s ability to compete in a globalised economy. That’s why you should care.”
Regardless of you opinion on league tables, the OECD provides us with a useful benchmark to compare standards of education in England and Wales, with other countries across the world. I would recommend at best, that all teachers have a periphery glance at this information and do ensure that they have an informed source of data to form an opinion, regardless of what it may be.
What has been reported today?
“A stubborn gap in attainment … has pinned the UK to the middle of international education rankings, despite years of effort by successive governments to raise standards.” (Source)
Since 2000, the OECD has been measuring and evaluating the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds through its ‘Programme for International Student Assessment’ (PISA) test. More than 500,000 students in 65 economies took part in the latest test, which covered maths, reading and science, with the main focus on maths.
Now that PISA is 10 years old, we can also map student performance/progress over time! PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do.
“Equally important, by comparing student performance and factors related to performance, such as students’ attitudes towards learning, their socio-economic background, and education policies, practices and resources across participating countries and economies, PISA offers policy makers and educators a way to identify the world’s most effective education policies that they can then adapt to their local contexts.”
Strong performers of the past:
“Over the years PISA has illustrated that strong performers in education – such as Canada, Finland, Hong Kong-China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Shanghai-China – are found in a variety of regions, have diverse cultural traditions and are at various stages of development.” (Source)
You can read the full PISA in Focus 2013 report here.
How the UK scored against other OECD countries?
- Who uses PISA tests in schools?
- How do we prepare for the tests?
- Can we question the validity of the data?
- What do you think?
If you are not familiar with OECD, I do hope you found this a useful summary.