On May 14 and 15, 2020, the Lusófona University, in Lisbon, hosts the International Congress A success story? PISA, large-scale assessments and educational change. The event, organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development (CeiED), falls within the activities of the research project A success story? Portugal and the PISA (2000-2015) funded by the FCT-Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/CED-EDG/30084/2017).

Major international studies, such as PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) or TALIS (Teaching and Learning International Survey), have become one of the main governance technologies in the fields of education and training, influencing political decision-makers, school administrators and the media; by contrast, a vast international critical literature has questioned this dimension of global governance. Within this general framework, the Congress proposes the analysis and discussion of the theme of the international large-scale assessments in its linkage to the educational change, comprising the following four axes:

  1. Big Science, Big Data and the international assessments in education;
  2. The influence of PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS on teacher training, exams and school practices
  3. Literacy, PISA and the regulation of educational policies;
  4. Media agenda and the discourse of the stakeholders about the PISA.

The entire academic, educational, and potential interested community is invited to submit papers on one of the four thematic axes of the Congress, noting that the deadline for submission is March 31, 2020.

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PISA_PT project promotes an open seminar


On 3 and 4 July, an Open Seminar was held at the Universidade Lusófona, in Lisbon, on the project A Success Story? Portugal and PISA (2000-2015).

The seminar, which provided a wide-ranging debate among all participants, was attended by researchers from CeiED, PhD students, members of the research team, as well as the project consultants, Ana Benavente and João Luiz Horta Neto, a specialist in public policies and educational evaluation, and a researcher at INEP – National Institute for Educational Studies and Research Anísio Teixeira, an organization linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Researchers from the PISA-PT project gather for a follow-up meeting


A follow-up meeting of the project A  success story? Portugal and PISA (2000-2015)  was held at CeiED’s facilities last Monday, focused on the development of tasks 5 and 6, dedicated, respectively, to the analysis of social representations and discourses about PISA in a selection of Portuguese newspapers, and in exploring in print periodicals of the professional associations and unions the emphasis and the nature of products on PISA, both informational and opinion-based.