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Is PISA still a fair basis for comparison? Some serious questions have emerged

John Jerrim.  A version of this blogpost also appears on the Centre for Education Economics website. The OECD’s PISA study compares the science, reading and mathematics skills of 15-year-olds across countries, with the results closely watched by journalists, public policymakers

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How can research truly inform practice? It takes a lot more than just providing information

Jonathan Sharples.  The Education Endowment Foundation’s latest evaluation report, the ‘Literacy Octopus‘, provides plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in improving the way research evidence informs practice, not just in education, but across sectors. This pair of large,

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What does the TIMSS 2015 international encyclopedia tell us about how our curriculum and assessment compare with other countries’?

Tina Isaacs and Christina Swensson. This is the fourth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog focuses on what TIMSS can tell us

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

‘What works’ in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear

Dominic Wyse.  The present government in England says it wants to focus on ‘what works’ in education, backed up by solid research, especially research using randomised controlled trial (RCT) designs. Yet, the mismatch between Ministers’ curriculum policy for English teaching

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Why does Vietnam do so well in PISA? An example of why naïve interpretation of international rankings is such a bad idea

John Jerrim.  When the PISA 2015 results were released in December last year, Vietnam was one of the countries that stood out as doing remarkably well. In particular, Vietnam was ranked 8th out of all the participating countries in science,

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