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What Do We Really Learn from PISA? The Sociology of its Reception in Three European Countries (2001–2008)


Xavier Pons, Largotec, Université Paris-Est Créteil, 61, avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94000 Créteil, France.


This article synthesises some findings of an international research project called Know&Pol to question the effects of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on the public debate in three European countries (France, Portugal and Scotland). Using a political science approach, it shows that Pisa did not favour policy learning among actors, but confirmed their pre-existing opinions and policy stances and that it legitimised them by affixing them with the seal of a statistical international survey.