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Large-scale international education studies, such as the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), have grown in prominence and importance over the last decade. Yet there has been much debate, and controversy, about the robustness of such studies, and how best the data that they generate can be used. The aim of this seminar is to discuss the methodological foundations of studies such as PISA, and what analyses of these data and cannot reveal. It will tackle issues such as the design of the PISA test, strengths, limitations and uncertainties with the PISA scaling model, and what this then means for users (and consumers) of these important data. Presentations will be given by experts from the UK and Germany, including individuals who have led the analysis of PISA 2015 national reports.
Dr. John Jerrim. Reader in Educational and Social Statistics at UCL Institute of Education. Led the writing of the PISA 2015 national reports for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Professor John Micklewright. Professor of Economics and Social Statistics at the UCL Institute of Education.
Dr. Christine Salzer. TUM School of Education, Germany. Led the writing of the PISA 2015 national reports for Germany.
Registration, followed by tea and coffee
Welcome and introductions John Jerrim
International assessments. Setting the scene John Jerrim
Table discussion. How do you think the PISA scores are produced?
Methods and issues around the production of PISA test scores John Jerrim
Table discussion. What do you think the strengths and limitations are to the approach PISA uses? What would you like to see more detail about from the survey organisers?
Wrap up discussion of the morning session.
How do the results from international assessments change if things are done a different way? John Micklewright
Table discussion. How else should we be testing the robustness of results from international assessments such as PISA?
Methodological strengths and limitations of PISA 2015 from a German perspective Christine Salzer
Table discussion. Reflections upon the views of German colleagues
Completion of evaluation forms
Summary, wrap-up and close
Close of seminar
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