ASCL comment on PISA results in Wales

03/12/2019
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the results in Wales in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
 
Commenting on the results in Wales in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:

PISA results have not been kind to Wales in the past, and this latest set of results is a real boost at a time when we are introducing a transformational new curriculum in Wales. We are delighted that performance in maths has continued an upward trend and with the recognition that Wales is roughly in line with the OECD average in reading, science and maths.

Of course, we want to do a good deal better than this in the future and our national ambition is to make our education system among the very best in the world.

We would always caution people against over-claiming or over-blaming any one factor on the difference in results between countries. PISA is just one measure of an education system and cannot possibly tell the full story about our schools

However, today’s results are a positive step forward, and we extend our congratulations to our students and teachers.