Discussion on PISA test results
On Friday, January 10, the Institute for Contemporary Education (ICE) hosted a discussion entitled “Myths and Truths Regarding PISA Test Results”. The speakers included:
- Bojan Ristić, director of the Information Technology School (ITS), member of the National Qualifications Framework in Serbia Council created by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, ICE member and associate;
- Dragica Pavlović Babić, PISA coordinator in Serbia, education associate at the Institute of Psychology and member of the national council for overseeing PISA implementation;
- Mladen Stanković, assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, member of the national council for overseeing PISA implementation;
- Ivan Anić, professor at ITS, member of the national council for overseeing PISA implementation, ICE associate and member.
The attendees were presented with four different approaches to the topic which referred to the importance of investing in education and improving human competencies. The attendees also learned about PISA test results for 2018, with focus on the general qualities, the specific nature of the target group, reading literacy, the functional literacy threshold, the average math literacy, as well as the students’ scientific literacy. In addition, our colleagues discussed the validity of education analysis through reading literacy, with emphasis on social, economic and gender differences.
The program of the discussion also included the topic of real investments in education and the attitude of students and teachers to school. In addition, the attendees were presented with a detailed explanation of financial literacy and the importance of financial education for society. The final segment involved examples of PISA items through which the teachers learned about the importance of applying functional tasks in instruction, i.e. focusing on learning outcomes.
The attendees of the discussion received points for professional development outside the institution. The following links include: