What is dating like in pisa
It has renewed debate around assessment and qualifications, and triggered the introduction of new professional standards and teacher education; the curriculum is the glue that holds our education reform together. I asked in my last contribution to this blog whether putting all of our eggs into the basket of has meant we have lost sight of other things.I suggested that a realigning of expectations with regards to other key initiatives was required.Inevitably, leaving a mark normally translates into ‘revolutionary’ new policy and, very often, change for change’s sake.
This is, to some extent, a by-product of the uncertain and volatile environment in which politicians operate – the lifespan of cabinet ministers is notoriously short and I haven’t come across a single one that doesn’t want to leave their mark during their time in office.
Paradoxically, what we definitely do not need – regardless of what happens in December – is yet another change in direction.
The Welsh Government’s tendency to lurch from one policy to the next (very often, in response to PISA) has been prescribed by the OECD as breeding ‘reform fatigue’ – a condition from which all in education have suffered.
There is certainly an argument that says there is too much emphasis on international testing, and PISA alone should not dictate what happens in Welsh schools.
A healthy debate on our future involvement in and aspirations for PISA, would be no bad thing.