Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

No real surprise, but it's nice to see someone actually come out and say it. According to this article, "A new report for Cambridge Assessment by Dr Matthew Carroll and Dr Tom Benton found the focus on essay-writing skills in the GCSE English curriculum is not mirrored in PISA tests, meaning that the international study ignores 'some of the key skills that schools are trying to teach'." PISA, of course, has always had its own definition of what it thinks constitute language, mathematics and science skills, and these are often not represented in actual curriculum, because school boards worldwide design for a wider set of needs than those envisaged by OECD.

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