Professor Gareth Rees has offered his expertise to an article this week (March 12th, p.4) about the next Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) results in November.
The article leads on Education Minster Leighton Andrews’ comments that he doesn’t expect Wales to show ‘real improvement’ in the school rankings because the Welsh Government’s new education reforms haven’t had enough time to bed in.
Professor Rees commented that the Pisa system makes it difficult to rank schools in a meaningful way in order to construct robust league tables. However, Professor Rees added that he did predict Pisa scores for Wales to increase over the coming years given the intense focus on the assessments and the level of support that is being offered to schools and teachers.
Click here to read the online version of the full article.