Monday 2 December 17:45 - 19:00

Drama Studio
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

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The PISA results are coming! But should the findings be trusted?

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The PISA results are coming! But should the findings be trusted?

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a major international study of the reading, mathematics and science skills of 15-year-olds across the world. The results are closely watched by journalists, educationalists and policymakers across the globe. Yet there have been recent criticisms of the methodology used by PISA, and debate about whether the results can really be trusted. With the latest PISA results due to be released December 3rd 2019, this public lecture taking place the evening before will discuss some of these criticisms of PISA in detail. This will include key aspects, such as how the PISA sample is selected and whether it is a truly representative reflection of 15-year-olds’ achievement, as well as unusual aspects of the PISA test design.

For anyone who really wants to understand the PISA headlines that will follow the next day, this session is a must attend.

About the speaker

John is a Professor of Educational and Social Statistics at UCL Institute of Education. He has analysed PISA data for over ten years, and has worked at the OECD as a Thomas J. Alexander fellow. John was lead author of the PISA 2015 national reports for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and has published more than 20 academic articles using these data. His work using PISA has been widely cited by education policymakers in the UK and internationally, with John being awarded an ESRC early-career impact award as a result.

Picture of Prof John Jerrim

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

Access Profile

  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets can be found on Level 4.
  • There is not fixed furniture within the lecture theatre.
  • This venue does not have working a hearing loop facility available.
  • BSL interpreters can be organised with advance notice.

We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible so if you have any accessibility requirements or enquiries that are not covered in the above access profile please contact the events team at [email protected] If you could contact us allowing for as much time as possible before the event we will be able to ensure where required the appropriate measures are taken. More information about the venues accessibility can be found on the AccessAble website.

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