Is the Finnish education system still an inspiration of good practices?
By Íris Santos & Elias Pekkola The first OECD PISA survey placed Finnish education in the spotlight for its success and effectiveness, leading Finland to be internationally acclaimed for its education expertise (e.g., Sellar & Lingard, 2013; Sahlberg, 2011). International organisations, as well as national educators and policymakers worldwide turned their eyes to this small […]
A network, a family, a playground: An analysis of ILSA contractors’ history, rationales and market dynamics
3.00 pm—4.30 pm (CET), Wednesday 7 December 2022. Online (Zoom) – Register here. Download poster (PDF, 3.4mb) This is the very first presentation to critically analyse International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSA) contractors and contracting. ILSA contractors have remained invisible despite profoundly shaping ILSAs and ILSAs being scrutinised extensively in academia. The presentation is three-part, each part […]
Preparing for PISA in India: Skewed Priorities?
India’s preparation for PISA appears to misunderstand the purpose of PISA. The focus is all on doing well in PISA as a matter of national pride, rather than doing PISA well to gain strong evidence to inform policy.
How Pisa’s Standardised Questions Break Down in the Hands of 15-Year-Old Test Takers.
Over the years, PISA tests have been researched from a number of perspectives including their psychometric validity and reliability, their policy impacts, and their reception among educators and policymakers. However, there is still a lack of investigation into the factors that shape students’ responses on the assessment. The few scholars that have forayed into this […]
Does Pisa Have Practical Impact on Students’ Learning? Evidence From a Local Context in China
There have been a lot of discussions on the policy impact of international large-scale assessments (ILSAs) on education systems. But do ILSAs ultimately influence students’ learning? In this blog post, Huiming Ding answers this question by drawing on findings from her study of the impact of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has at local, […]