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Piloting PISA for development to success: an analysis of its findings, framework and recommendations

Auld, E; Li, X; Morris, P; (2020) Piloting PISA for development to success: an analysis of its findings, framework and recommendations. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 10.1080/03057925.2020.1852914. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In 2018 the OECD published the findings of its PISA for Development (PISA-D) pilot project which was undertaken to make the regular PISA framework more accessible and relevant to low- and middle-income nations. This would encourage such nations to join PISA as part of the OECD’s Learning Framework 2030 and provide them with ‘contextualised’ policy recommendations. In 2019 the OECD declared the project a success. We analyse and compare the PISA-D reports as well as its portrayal as a success. We suggest that, whilst PISA-D clearly made technical adjustments relating to the longstanding challenges which face low-income nations engaging in comparative assessments it replicates rather than addresses those challenges. Drawing on literature on organisational legitimacy and the politics of expertise, we interpret the PISA-D pilot as a political strategy primarily deployed to legitimate and extend rather than evaluate the project.

Type: Article
Title: Piloting PISA for development to success: an analysis of its findings, framework and recommendations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2020.1852914
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2020.1852914
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: PISA, OECD Learning Framework 2030, sustainable development goals, low- and middle-income countries, organisational legitimacy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119682
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