PISA 2015 Results: Excellence and Equity in Education

OECD, Dec 06, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The PISA 2015 results are in, announced with a big splash this morning. Topping the charts across the three disciplines are Singapore, Japan, Estonia, Finland, and Canada, along with four Chinese cities and states. Interestingly, three Canadian provinces - Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia - are at the very top of the rankings. In addition to the tables - which of course all media will focus on - there is a lot of interesting reading in this report, especially with regard to the importance of social equity to achievement in education, the influence of parental income and education, the non-influence of the size of immigrant population, and the role of attitudes and self-efficacy in learning. There is also an associated speech and sample questions set (which you have no excuse for not getting perfect).

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