The PISA-syndrome - How the OECD has hijacked the way we perceive pupils, schools and education


  • Svein Sjöberg Oslo University, Norway



From the mid 1990s, the OECD started the planning of the Program for International Student Assessment, now well known as PISA. 1 The first PISA testing took place early in 2000, and the results were published in December 2001. Since then, PISA results have gradually become a kind of global “gold standard” for educational quality, and educational policy has been globalized, lifted out of the domestic policy, as proudly stated by the PISA director, Andreas Schleicher in the TED-talk quoted below. The presentation is transcribed in 29 languages and has been seen by some 758 thousand viewers.


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