PISA Survey Outdated? - The Reykjavik Grapevine

PISA Survey Outdated?

Published December 5, 2013

The PISA survey doesn’t measure pupils’ performance according to modern teaching methods, which might explain why Icelandic pupils ranked so low in the latest survey.

This is the opinion of a teacher at Norðlingaskóli, who doubts the effectuality of the PISA survey.

As reported, Iceland ranked a record low in the survey which is carried out every three years by the OECD, in 65 countries, comparing the performance of pupils at the end of their primary education.

“It measures far better the old-fashioned school system, because it’s an old-fashioned test. The reading test is massive and the math test is full of civil-engineering based solutions,” teacher Ragnar Þór Pétursson said on the radio morning show on Rás 2 on Thursday.

He pointed out that the 40 countries that scored lower than before in the latest survey are all countries that are undergoing systemic and ambitious developments of their schools.

In return, the countries that scored higher than before were rather more conservative societies.

Ragnar claimed that the PISA survey simply didn’t measure well enough the kind of school systems that a large group of people is advocating for to relief the old school system.

“I don’t think the PISA survey is in sync with the trending education strategies in the world today.”


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