Journal article

The role of the OECD in international comparative studies of achievement

Barry McGaw

Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice | Routledge Taylor & Francis Group | Published : 2008


The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) underpins its extensive policy work with strong databases of comparable statistics and indicators with which it compares countries. In 2000, it extended its education database with its first collection of data on the performances of 15‐year‐olds in reading, mathematics and science through its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which continues on a three‐yearly cycle. In developing PISA, crucial decisions were made about the target student population, sampling requirements, tests development frameworks, translation procedures and pilot testing regimes prior to full data collection. The international compariso..

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