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Monday, April 10 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The global education race: International testing and your school

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This session will engage participants in a lively conversation about international testing and comparisons of school performance across Canada and globally. We hear a lot of talk now about the global education race to have the best schools in the world. In December last year, the results from PISA 2015 were released and showed Singapore in the lead. Canada performed very well in science and reading, but concerns about mathematics performance continued to worry some policymakers. This session will introduce PISA and explain (a) how the test works and (b) how the results shape policy and impact on the work of school leaders. We will explore the Canadian results in PISA 2015 and discuss what we can learn from these results. The session will provide school leaders with tools for assessing how their schools are performing and for thinking critically about the idea that schools around the world should be racing against one another.

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Sam Sellar

Dr Sam Sellar is Reader in Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has worked closely with teacher associations around the world to develop understanding about international testing and educational accountability. Sam is co-author of Globalizing Educational Accountabilities (2016, Routledge) and co-editor of National testing in schools: An Australian assessment (2016, Routledge). He also has a forthcoming short book on the... Read More →


Monday April 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ivor Petrak Room