Inappropriate use of standardised testing

oecdPISA.pngThe head of PISA gave a talk recently and decried the Australian debate over education, specifically the use of PISA results to berate the school system, schools and teachers. They pointed out that PISA results are not supposed to be interpreted this way. Instead, they are there to see which systems are doing well so that other systems can replicate their success. Instead of learning from the good things that other countries are doing, we seem to be trying to copy other failed Anglosphere experiments from the UK and the USA. We should be looking at the things some of the better systems have done in the past to increase their PISA standing – like more teacher autonomy in Finland, cycling teachers through lower quality schools in Singapore or much less face-to-face teaching time like in Shanghai.

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