This post investigates what PISA 2015 results reveal about:
- Progress towards the government’s 2020 national performance targets; and
- Trends in the comparative performance of England’s high attainers.
It complements a parallel post about the TIMSS 2015 results – Troubling TIMSS trends (December 2015).
The results of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were published in early December 2016. PISA is a triennial survey of the educational achievement of 15 year-olds overseen by the OECD.
The survey was first undertaken in 2000, so this is the sixth cycle, but there were problems with UK response rates in 2000 and 2003, so this analysis relies on trends over the four cycles between 2006 and 2015.
Seventy-one jurisdictions are listed as participants in the 2015 survey, compared with 65 participants in 2012.
In England the 2015 survey was conducted between November and December 2015 with a sample…
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