PISA 2018 results – what do they mean for the UK?

On Tuesday 3 December, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 national reports for EnglandWalesNorthern Ireland and Scotland were released, shining a light on UK performance in maths, science and reading.

The study is developed jointly by member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). PISA 2018 was delivered in the UK by NFER on behalf of the Department for Education in England, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The report for Scotland is written by the Scottish Government.

In this Spotlight, we look at what the results tell us and the reactions.

Key Insights from PISA 2018 for the UK

Key Insights from PISA 2018 for the UK

How well has the UK done in PISA 2018? This useful briefing provides an introduction to the latest study and its key findings in the United Kingdom. A Welsh version of the briefing is available too.

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National Report for England

National Report for England

The PISA results show that England now outperforms the average across OECD countries in all three subjects that are assessed – reading, science and maths.

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National Report for Wales

National Report for Wales

For the first time, pupils in Wales’ performance is similar to the OECD average in reading, mathematics and science.

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National Report for Northern Ireland

National Report for Northern Ireland

Fifteen year olds in Northern Ireland have performed much better than the OECD average in in reading but results for maths and science were similar to the OECD average.

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PISA 2018: A school’s perspective

PISA 2018: A school’s perspective

Julie McCulloch, the Director of Policy at the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL) explores the impact of PISA and what it means for UK schools in this blog. A Welsh version is also available to read.

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'Pisa results must be a relief for the government'

'Pisa results must be a relief for the government'

'England's Pisa results may be positive but there are still many challenges that we must address, writes NFER Chief Executive Carole Willis' for TES Magazine.

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