Journal article

PISA Data: Raising concerns with its use in policy settings

S Gillis, J Polesel, M Wu

The Australian Educational Researcher | Springer | Published : 2016


This article considers the role played by policy makers, government organisations, and research institutes (sometimes labelled ‘‘think tanks’’) in the analysis, use and reporting of PISA data for the purposes of policy advice and advocacy. It draws on the ideas of Rizvi and Lingard (Globalizing Education Policy, 2010), Bogdandy and Goldmann (Governance by Indicators/ Global Power through Quantification and Rankings, 2012) and others to explore the ways in which such ‘‘agents of change’’ can interpret, manipulate and disseminate the results of data arising from large scale assessment survey programs such as PISA to influence and determine political and/or educational research agendas. This ar..

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