New report "Balancing School Choice and Equity: An International Perspective Based on PISA"
This report provides an international perspective on issues related to school choice, especially how certain aspects of school-choice policies may be associated with sorting students into different schools. A key question fuelling the school-choice debate is whether greater competition among schools results in more sorting of students by ability or socio-economic status. At the macro level, school segregation can deprive children of opportunities to learn, play and communicate with other children from different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, which can, in turn, threaten social cohesion. The report draws a comprehensive picture of school segregation, using a variety of indicators in order to account for the diversity of the processes by which students are allocated to schools.
Please also see the related PISA in Focus N°96
PISA 2018 Assessment and Analytical Framework
This report presents the conceptual foundations of PISA, now in its seventh cycle of comprehensive and rigorous international surveys of student knowledge, skills and well-being. Like previous cycles, the 2018 assessment covered reading, mathematics and science, with the major focus on reading literacy, plus an evaluation of students’ global competence. Financial literacy was also offered as an optional assessment. The framework also includes the questionnaires distributed to students and school principals, as well as some questionnaires distributed to parents and teachers. Students in some countries also completed further questionnaires on their educational trajectory, familiarity with information and communications technology, and well-being.