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Benchmarking London in the PISA rankings


  • John Jerrim

    () (Department of Social Science, Institute of Education, University College London)

  • Gill Wyness

    () (Department of Social Science, Institute of Education, University College London and Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics)


The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an important international study of 15 year olds academic achievement. Although PISA has traditionally been used to draw comparisons across countries, there is growing interest in the production of regional (i.e. city, state or provincial level) results. In this paper we present the first attempt to benchmark London in the PISA rankings. Pooling data across the 2009 and 2012 survey waves, we estimate a 90 percent confidence interval for London's mathematics, reading and science PISA scores. These are compared not only to country-level averages, but also to the scores of other major world cities and states. The paper concludes by discussing how these results should be interpreted, and possible directions for future research.

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  • John Jerrim & Gill Wyness, 2016. "Benchmarking London in the PISA rankings," DoQSS Working Papers 16-04, Department of Quantitative Social Science - UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
  • Handle: RePEc:qss:dqsswp:1604

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