International student performance test criticised for being 'political'

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Swedish results from an international student performance test will be presented on Tuesday, but critics warn that the exam isn't a good measure of the quality of education in a country.

Every three years, the OECD-run Programme for International Student Assessment - or Pisa - publishes results of test that several hundred thousand 15-year-olds around the world have taken in reading, maths and science. And the test scores tend to attract a lot of attention. Not least in Sweden, which has had its share of so called "PISA-shock" and "PISA-crisis".

But scientists have over the years criticised the test and the attention it gets. One of them is Norwegian Svein Sjøberg, a professor emeritus in science education at Oslo University, who says the OECD - the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - has hijacked the way we look at pupils, schools and education.