Why is Mr Gove insisting that UK students take part in international studies when he ignores the results?

Janet Downs's picture
In the Education Debate on 8 February Mr Gove said, “… the Bill contains explicit provisions to ensure that schools will take part in international studies, such as the programme for international student assessment [PISA], the progress in international reading literacy study and the trends in international mathematics and science study [TIMSS].”

If Mr Gove is so keen on international studies, then why does he ignore results that don’t suit his agenda, like the 2007 TIMSS report which showed that UK students were the top in Europe in Maths and Science? Why does he repeat the OECD PISA 2000 UK figures without revealing that they are disputed?
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