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There are very few things you can summarise with a number and yet Pisa claims to be able to capture a country’s entire education system in just three of them. It can’t be possible. It is madness.

Dr Hugh Morrison, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The main point is, it is not up to the rest of the world to show they [the OECD] are wrong. It is up to Pisa to show they are right. They are claiming they are doing something and they are getting a lot of money to do it, and they should support their claims.”

Professor Svend Kriener, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Most people don’t know that half of the students taking part in Pisa {2006} do not respond to any reading item at all. Despite that, Pisa assigns reading scores to these children.

TES July 26, 2013 page 30 sidebar.