London students do less well in Pisa rankings than GCSE

According to Tes, while London teenagers achieve some of the highest GCSE results in the country, this is not mirrored in their Pisa scores, according to research by John Jerrim, professor of education and social statistics at the UCL Institute of Education.

Professor Jerrim calculated that, in both 2009 and 2012, students in London performed less well in Pisa than those in other parts of the UK.

In a blog post summarising his findings, he wrote: “One obvious question to ask, then, is why is there no evidence of a “London effect” in Pisa?”

He analysed data from the National Pupil Database, and found that “pupils from disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds in England were likely to do much worse on the Pisa test than one would anticipate, given how they performed in their GCSEs”. 

Professor Jerrim concluded that “more work needs to be done to understand why pupils from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds perform so differently across these two assessments.”

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