Pupils tak­ing PISA in Welsh are be­hind

Western Mail - - WM2 / VIEWS OF WALES -

I HES­I­TATE to ar­gue with Howard Gunn (WM Letters, Septem­ber 14) but he makes a great mis­take in his char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of PISA as Katie Hop­kins.

Nec­es­sar­ily the press and me­dia pub­lish and com­ment on the head­line scores of the var­i­ous coun­tries that take part in PISA but the ac­tual anal­y­sis, car­ried out by Jer­rim and Shure last round, runs to 237 pages and there were two fur­ther pa­pers com­mis­sioned by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment that were pub­lished sub­se­quently which give even fur­ther in­sight into ed­u­ca­tion at­tain­ment in Wales.

If any­one is in­ter­ested, the com­par­i­son of at­tain­ment by so­cio- eco­nomic back­ground of pupils can be found in sec­tion 6.2, page 108 on­ward.

In brief, Wales does rel­a­tively well in in­ter­na­tional com­par­isons of at­tain­ment among the most de­prived pupils, but at ev­ery other level of de­pri­va­tion we per­form poorly in com­par­i­son with other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Eng­land.

Wales’ fail­ing in PISA is not as a re­sult of par­tic­u­larly poor per­for­mance among our de­prived pupils but as a re­sult of the sin­gu­larly poor per­for­mance of our best pupils.

One rea­son why that might be is not a mys­tery and is ex­plored on page 118 of the PISA anal­y­sis; pupils tak­ing the tests in Welsh were the equiv­a­lent of one year be­hind sim­i­lar pupils tak­ing read­ing and science tests in English. This fac­tor is, I be­lieve, what Katie Hop­kins has been get­ting at. J Jones Ben­l­lech, An­gle­sey

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.