Schools can measure themselves against Pisa tests

Individual schools are going to be able to take international tests for the first time to see how they compare with the world’s best school systems. This is from the BBC…

The OECD, which runs the influential Pisa tests, is to allow secondary schools to use the global tests.

This will initially be available in the United States, but the OECD wants to extend it to schools in the UK.

The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher says it will help schools to know “where they stand” against global benchmarks.

The OECD Test for Schools, to be launched on Wednesday in Washington DC, will allow schools or local authorities to assess themselves against the standards of Pisa tests – the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Schools will be able to see how their pupils compare with the highest performing school systems, such as Finland, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The Pisa-style tests will be externally marked, to ensure robustness and comparability, and will be available for schools in the US to begin testing from September.

The results will not be published, unless schools want to publish their own, so that schools can check their pupils’ performance without being ranked against other schools.

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