OECD suspends international testing of Russian schoolchildren

Russia has participated in the PISA study since 2000. Rosobrnadzor promised to conduct its own testing of schoolchildren's competencies according to the PISA model “OECD has suspended international testing of schoolchildren in Russia” />

The OECD has suspended the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international study of the competencies and knowledge of schoolchildren in Russia, in which Russia has participated since 2000, against the backdrop of a military operation in Ukraine, Kommersant writes. with reference to Rosobrnadzor data.

The study is conducted among 15-year-old schoolchildren, their mathematical, natural science and reading literacy are assessed. It takes place every three years, and the next stage was supposed to take place in 2021. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed to 2022.

In addition to PISA, Russia's participation in the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which assesses the level of teacher training, as well as in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which tests the knowledge of adults, has been canceled.

Rosobrnadzor believes that the OECD decision will not harm the Russian educational system. “The Russian system of school education is self-sufficient and can function and develop without participation in comparative international studies, — said in the department.— In addition, during the participation in joint research with the OECD, a lot of experience has been accumulated, which, of course, will benefit domestic education.

They have planned their own study on the PISA model, which should take place in the fall. Rosobrnadzor assured that the form of conducting, calculation of results and task models will correspond to testing under the auspices of the OECD. “The system for translating the scores obtained by the participants in the PISA assessment model into the final scale of the PISA study allows you to compare the results with the results of other countries,” — added in the department.

Rosobrnadzor clarified that parallel studies— checking the quality of mathematics and science education Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) and understanding the text Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)— continue. They are conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

According to Irina Abankina, Director of the Institute for the Development of Education at the Higher School of Economics, PISA is the most important study . She notes that according to TIMMS and PIRLS, Russian schoolchildren traditionally had very high results. “In the Russian Federation, there was a very high growth rate of PISA results from 2009 to 2015, but still we were not among the leaders,” — the expert explained.

In 2018, as part of the PISA study, Russia was in 18th place out of 79 countries, entering the group of successful states that have seen positive changes in at least two educational areas. At the same time, in three areas (reading, natural science and mathematical literacy), Russian schoolchildren showed a decrease in the average score.

Director of the Research Center for Assessment and Quality Management Systems of the FIRO RANEPA Boris Ilyukhin believes that stopping Russia's participation in PISA will not negatively affect the education system. According to him, the assessment of schoolchildren's knowledge will remain, but possibly in a modified form.

“You can do your own research using the PISA model, but it is unlikely that you will be able to provide independent control and analysis of international testing,” believes the representative of the trade union “Teacher”, a teacher of geography Leonid Perlov. — And without this, such a study has no meaning.

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