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This week the results of the latest PISA survey were published by the OECD. More than 510,000 students across 65 countries took part in the survey in 2012, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally.
Commenting on the report Michael O Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations said:
“Whatever your view of OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the findings always spark a high level of interest from governments and educators around the world.
What we see is that concern about international comparisons drives education reform agendas in an increasing number of countries. This has its dangers – for example not everything that works in one society can simply be transferred to a different social context.
However we believe that there is much that can be learnt from studying the best practice of countries with relatively high performing education systems. We work with over 30 education ministries around the world. Many of the ministries we work with on education reform are certainly interested in how we can help them adapt good ideas and successful practice from other countries to meet their own needs.
PISA is driving ambition for improvement and greater interest in learning from other countries’ experiences. These are good things as long as we keep league tables in perspective.”
Read more about the PISA survey