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ERIC Number: EJ840357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Places to Go: PISA
Downes, Stephen
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v4 n4 Apr-May 2008
Sponsored by the by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a set of tests administered every three years to 15-year-olds around the world. These tests measure students' practical ability in basic skills such as reading, mathematics, and science, but reporting on the 2006 results, released in December 2007, has focused on students' understanding of science. Stephen Downes discusses reactions to the results and suggests that the PISA tests raise two sets of questions: First, what is being measured by tests of this sort? And second, what can the results of these tests tell us about the design of our educational system? The answers, Downes suggests, are critical to understanding a nation's PISA results and to formulating an effective response.
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Finland; Japan; Singapore
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment