In schools where parents know their children’s friends and their families, students do better in school, have more positive attitudes toward collaboration, and feel happier and safer.
The debate over school choice is often in polarised, absolutist terms, but results from PISA show that the issue isn’t as binary as it may seem. With the right mix of policies, education systems can reconcile choice with equity.
PISA data suggest that such anxiety isn’t exclusive to today’s teenagers. In fact, parents in some countries are even more pessimistic about the environment than their children are.
Motivated students tend to perform better in class, according to findings from PISA, but for some, academic success comes at the expense of greater anxiety.
Results from PISA-D will not lead to overnight changes in Ecuador, but they do provide us with an important starting point.
Since launching in 2000, PISA has expanded to include more than 80 participating countries. But it soon became apparent that the nature and methods of assessment needed to cater to a larger and more diverse set of countries.