Are declining PISA scores in Australia and Finland explained by declining effort from students?

When the results of the 2018 round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were published late last year, Australia and Finland cemented their long-term declines in performance: This has been a bitter pill to swallow. Many in education and academia perhaps fear that these results will precipitate more government interference in the Australian […]

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Australia’s PISA Shock

Last week, the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released. These were based on tests taken in 2018 in reading, mathematics and science by a sample of students from each of the relatively wealthy OECD member countries as well as a range of other partner countries. Importantly, PISA researchers also […]

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Fiddling with NAPLAN while PISA burns

It is the bleakest of midwinter and your house feels cold. Despite apparently having the heating turned on, you check the thermometer and you see that it is just 10°C and the temperature even appears to be dropping over time. Do you: A. Decide to check the thermometer less often? B. Check the thermometer but […]

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Australia and Finland slide further in PISA 2018

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is run by the OECD which conducted its last round of testing in 2018. The long-awaited results of PISA 2018 have just been published. I am not interested in absolute scores and overall rankings because so much can vary between different countries and states: socioeconomic status, homogeneity of […]

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What can we expect from PISA 2018?

The results for the 2018 round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will be released on the third of December. What will they show? I don’t know, I’m not a fortune teller. However, it will be interesting to see if certain trends, both numerical and rhetorical, will continue. Will Scotland, Australia and Finland […]

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PISA 2030

Let’s remind ourselves of how the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) define effective teaching in their Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA): “In its Analytical Framework (OECD, 2013), PISA defines the three dimensions of good teaching as: clear, well-structured classroom management; supportive, student-oriented classroom climate; and cognitive activation with challenging content” This is […]

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Did the U.K. and Australia do well in the PISA collaborative problem solving test?

Last week saw the release of the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) collaborative problem solving results. This was accompanied by headlines suggesting that Australia and the U.K. had performed particularly well in these assessments. I’m not sure about this. In PISA 2015 science, Australia was ranked 14th. On the recent problem-solving test it was […]

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Tool for comparing PISA performance

You may have noticed that I have tweeted a few graphs comparing the PISA results of two different countries. I created a Google Sheet in order to do this. I have made this available so that you can have a play with this sheet too. You will need a Google login. First, you will need […]

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