Next week will see the publication of the latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA
). This comparison takes place every 3 years. Michael Gove, in the recent white paper, stressed the importance of making sure our schools take part in PISA.
This comparison enables a systematic comparison of what are the factors that make for successful education systems. Click here
for the 2006 summary - p8 for system-factor conclusions, which include:
- Where schools divided students by ability, countries tended to have lower student performance
- On raw figures, private schools outperformed state schools. However, once socio-economic factors were taken into account, state schools on average had an advantage of 12 score points over private schools.
- Students in schools with greater autonomy do not on average get better results
- Countries with selection or streaming tend to have far greater differences between school performances
The countries which come highest in the PISA international comparison are those which enable all students to succeed, as opposed to those more focused on the more academic. Finland, which has topped all three PISA studies, embodies this with neither selection, streaming or setting.