By Bryan Maddox and Camilla Addey, Laboratory of International Assessment Studies This blog post reports findings from the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies ESRC Seminar Series, The potentials, politics and practices of international educational assessment. The series aimed to create a space for innovative and in-depth debate on international assessment methodology and key policy issues surrounding international testing, […]

Mary Hamilton, a co-director of the Lab and expert on PIAAC media representation, welcomes researchers to join a study on media PIAAC coverage as the OECD releases the 2016 results of Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey. The OECD will release the results of the second round of PIAAC surveys […]

By Mary Hamilton. How do international assessments engage with the broader societies they are designed to serve and improve? In particular what is the discursive work done by different agencies, interest groups and the media through which the findings become part of public discourse and are translated into usable form in policy arenas? The powerful […]

By Cormac O’Keeffe. Decisions about educational policy-making and spending are frequently informed by data produced during large-scale standardised assessment programmes. The Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), is the less well-known companion to the Programme for the International Assessment of Student Achievement (PISA). While PISA is designed to assess specific abilities among 15-16 […]

By Camilla Addey. It is widely argued that internationally comparable data is needed to inform policy processes and benchmark educational progress, but scholarly research in International Assessment Studies suggests that countries participate for reasons that go well beyond accountability and policy.  The rationales for participation will be discussed in a group discussion – ‘Why do […]