Pisa Papers  - hgunn.uk

   These papers are presented in a review of Pisa, the International School rankings, in "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: A Review of Pisa: Six Papers " by H.J.D. Gunn (2017).

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Paper 1: Is the Pisa Ranking Damaging Children’s Education?

       This paper discusses the B.B.C. Wales 2016, “School Swap, South Korean Style” program, where three children from St. David’s school Pembrokeshire visited a Seoul School.

Paper 2:  Is Pisa Points Scoring Exercises?

      This paper discusses Pisa with reference to Ward’s Times Educational Supplement 2016 interview with Andreas Schleicher of the O.E.C.D., “I’ll know our Job is Dione when Pisa is Superfluous says the Worlds Headmaster”.

Paper 3:  Has P.I.S.A. Any Value?

      This paper reviews Pisa with reference to the 2009 O.E.C.D. Pisa manual. The O.E.C.D admit that thier Pisa assessments and results are too difficult for most people to understand and that the Pisa results are designed to provide pointers about educational performance to countries.

Paper 4:  An Analysis of Pisa Questions.

     This paper discussion analyses the 2015 Pisa computer questions published on the Media Wales in 2016 and one written 2012 question. The Pisa questions are not simply marked right or wrong, where the percentage marked correct are worked out, a range of qualities are interpolated from the response to each question

Paper 5: An Analysis of the 2015 Pisa Result with Reference to the Welsh Scores.

       This paper discusses the Pisa 2015 results, which were published in December 2016 and relates them to the Welsh education. The 2015 Pisa ranking are reviewed.

       The astonishing achievement of Shanghai China that Andreas Schlecher has referred to do not appear so great now their individual province scores has been integrated with other Chinese provinces. 

Paper 6: Summative Review – The 21st Century School.

       This paper reflects upon what has been argued in the previous papers.  The discussion illustrates that concerns over mathematical standards are not new and there has always been around a seven year gap between the highest and lowest attaining children in the subject. There is no convincing evidence this can be changed.

Paper 6b: Epilogue

    This paper discussion reflects upon what has been discussed. It argues that the public, media, and many politicians demonstrate a poor grasp of what educational standards really are and how we learn. They do not appreciate the amount of practice needs to be devoted to developing fluency in the basic skills.

Paper 7 - 2019 Pisa Reappraisal
This reappraisal of Pisa with reference to most recent research. It seriously questions the value of Pisa.

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B.B.C. Wales School Swap South Korean Style. 

B.BC. Wales - South Korean Swap - Full Article

      The evidence that this book does present a valid overview of the Pisa international rankings. The use of children complicated algorithms are increasingly be used. It suggested that they can even be applied to university assignments. The problem with Pisa lies in the quality of the inputs.

     The question that needs to ask whether this book has reach valid conclusion about Pisa. Dylan William, who is a recognised world authority on education, has stated in the the media that the amount of private children do outside of school and the number of children not enrolled for Pisa in Shangi Pisa makes the Pasi results invalid.

Daniel Korts - The Testing Charade (2017)

  South Korea, ,,,,,,,,,,of all students attend one of the country’s 100,000 after-school private cramming schools. The pressure to do  well is so intense that some observers blame it for the country’s suicide rate, which is the highest among all OECD countries.

  The situation is similar in Singapore, where the press has reported that 70 percent of parents of children from preschool through to the secondary levels send them to “tuition classes,” many of which are cram schools for high stakes assessments

  China’s leading education colleges told me recently that if you observe instruction in tested subjects in the final grade of many in final year of many high schools, you will observe no instruction other than exercises for gaokao, the matriculation exam used for college admissions.