Tes exclusive: England opts out of new Pisa creativity test

Ministers have decided that England should opt out of a new test into creative thinking being added to the Pisa international education rankings, Tes can reveal.

Critics have condemned the decision as a “very unhelpful” “emotional-political gut reaction”.

The optional creative thinking test is being added to the Pisa assessment being carried out in 2021. But last night the Department Education told Tes that England would not take part. 

Professor Bill Lucas, the English academic who co-chairs the strategic advisory group for the Pisa 2021 test of creative thinking said “If you opt into creative thinking, there is the thinking, then you are perhaps giving a signal that you don’t value standards in English, maths and science as much, because you are somehow potentially aligning yourself with a view of the purpose of education that is beyond the basics of the core subjects,” he said.

“This has become an entirely false binary position. It’s very unhelpful. There is a growing amount of research showing that if you embed creativity rigorously, standards in other subjects also go up.”

Read the full article Exclusive: England opts out of new Pisa creativity test

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  1. Northernteacher

    They daren’t enter into this as they know their current methods of teaching are killing creativity. In an ever changing world and fast paced change in IT creativity needs to be combined with the academic subjects to provide adaptable, intelligent people.

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