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Pisa comparisons 'not useful'.

Pisa comparisons 'not useful'.

International comparisons of education systems are not useful because they are plagued by missing data and the private tuition of students, and because policies cannot be simply transplanted to other countries, a world-respected education academic has said.

Speaking last week at the Best in Class summit organised by the Sutton Trust in New York, Dylan Wiliam, emeritus professor of the UCL Institute of Education, poured criticism on international league tables like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s ProgrammeforInternationalStudentAssessment(Pisa).

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