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Education rankings: hitting a home run or swing and a miss?

Over the next fortnight, the world’s school systems will be ranked by Pisa and Timss. Yet, with increasing weight being given to these international tables in formulating education policy, more questions are being asked about the validity of the rankings and whether they actually tell us anything about school systems at all

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If you are a secondary school teacher in England, then from next summer your job security will ultimately depend on a measure that has arisen as a result of global education rankings.

The “world-class” standard new GCSE grade 5 that your secondary students will be expected to achieve for key accountability measures has been set to match the achievements of teenagers from Finland and other top performing nations in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).

And if you teach in a primary that is adopting an East Asian “mastery” approach to teaching in maths, then you, too, are ...

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