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The Primacy of PISA

How the World's Most Important Test Is Changing Education Globally



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Every three years the world awaits the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment or PISA, the rankings of school systems overseen by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Nations around the world look eagerly and apprehensively to see where their students rank on these tests of competence in, mainly, science, math and reading. This book provides a window into PISA and its power. What exactly is PISA? How are its tests developed? Who takes the test? What countries tend to outperform and which underperform? What do countries learn from PISA? Why is PISA both revered and feared? And, most importantly, does PISA improve education globally? The first PISA, in 2000, included 32 countries. In 2018, nearly eighty nations took part in PISA. That number is expected to double by 2030. This may mean that students in over 80% of the world's countries will take the PISA exams. This scenario has made PISA more important than ever. This book probes topics and themes related to "the world's most important exam" and why many view a high PISA ranking-rightly or wrongly-as global education's seal of approval. Because of this, PISA has been called a disruptor, a test which can trigger major reform in school systems around the world. But is it the PISA rankings that are the real disruptor or the decisions countries make because of their rankings? These decisions often involve systemic changes in teaching and learning which can substantially alter how a country measures and prioritizes its education system.

Product code: 9781498578493

ISBN 9781498578493
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW161xS21
No. Of Pages 204
Publisher Lexington Books
Every nation in the world wants to know where its school system fits into the global education hierarchy. This book discusses how PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) meets this need and why its influence extends beyond education and into the corridors of government, social, economic, and media power.