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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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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons

PISA beyond the rankings: pupils’ aspirations and future plans

Nikki Shure.  Once we move beyond the performance rankings produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) PISA test results, the data can reveal interesting comparisons of 15-year-olds across the globe along different dimensions. This includes pupils’ post-secondary

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Posted in International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

PISA Beyond the Rankings: Pupils’ Experience of Learning Science in the Classroom

Nikki Shure. On 6 December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the latest wave of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a two-hour test taken by 15-year-olds from over 70 countries and is used

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Teaching

England’s performance in TIMSS 2015: a 20 year story of improvement?

Toby Greany.  The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) now provides 20 years-worth of internationally comparable data on the mathematics and science performance of primary and secondary pupils worldwide, and the contexts in which they learn. England has

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools

Is a preschool PISA what we want for our young children?

Peter Moss.  Since its first outing in 2000, the Programme for International Student Assessment, widely known as PISA, has become highly influential in the education world with its three-yearly assessment of 15-year-olds in a growing number of countries around the world.

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Posted in Childhood & early education, International comparisons
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