PISA: Wales Improves in global education tests


Wales has seen its performance improve in international tests in reading, maths and science but scores remain lower than in other parts of the UK. Conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) measures the knowledge and core skills of 15-year-olds as they near the end of their compulsory education. Following the publication of today’s results, Gareth Evans, Director of Education Policy at the University’s Yr Athrofa, The Institute of Education, gives his reaction.

Gareth Evans, director of CEPRA, makes a speech at the launch.

"These results serve as a timely confidence boost for all engaged in Welsh education during a period of great change and professional challenge.

"That we have arrested our decline and improved in all three domains is a good result for Wales, not least because of the heavy and competing demands on our education workforce.

It is also pleasing to see improvement in the performance of our more able and talented learners – an area of weakness identified in the last PISA round.

"The results give cause for optimism that Welsh education is on an upward curve, and while we cannot be complacent, they suggest Wales is in a stronger place now than it was in 2009.

After a decade of near-constant churn and criticism, it is pleasing that the hard work, commitment and endurance of educators in Wales has at last been reflected in PISA scores.

"Of course, 'average' is not nearly good enough and there is much more work to be done – but this year's PISA scores represent a very welcome step in the right direction.

At the same time, it is important to recognise that we are part-way through an ambitious and comprehensive reform agenda, and the true impact of these changes will not be felt for some time yet.”

For more information about the results click here: https://www.oecd.org/pisa/

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