Andy Wood, Principal, Greenfield Community School shares the newly-released findings of the 2017 PISA-based tests for schools. The research reveals that Greenfield’s academic standards compare very favourably to both local and international schools and countries.
Part of the UAE National Agenda is to raise the standards of education to ensure that the UAE is one of the top 15 countries in the PISA rankings. The PISA test measures Grade 10 students’ knowledge and competencies in reading, mathematics and science. The PISA tests are written every three years allow countries and schools to benchmark themselves internationally. The KHDA requested PISA to design PISA based tests for Dubai schools to measure their academic standards against PISA standards. This week we received the results of Greenfield Community School’s performance in the most recent PISA based tests that were administered in 2017. We can measure our school’s performance against similar schools in the UAE and internationally. These tests were administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research and were quality assured by PISA.
One of the frequently asked questions from our parents is ‘how does the standard of education at Greenfield compare to my home country’? This data is very helpful in answering that question.
The three tables below show our school’s performance in reading, mathematics and science compared with several countries and economies. Our 2017 results are compared to the 2015 results, but the standard of the tests is reasonably statistically consistent. Our results are for reading, mathematics and science are well above the average.
The next table compares the performance of our top and lowest performing students with a sample of other countries’ scores and the UAE. The average for our school for mathematics is well ahead of the UAE average and slightly ahead of Switzerland.
The next section looks at the school’s educational climate. This table shows the classroom disciplinary climate in mathematics lessons in our school compared to the average in the UAE. This evidences the high standards of classroom management that our teachers set. When reading the table look at the text at bottom – the further to the right the indicator the better the standard of classroom discipline.
These PISA based statistics are drawn from an external test that is well regarded internationally, draws on a huge database, is completely independent and has high level of reliability. Improving the school’s academic standards has been a focus for us in recent years, as it ought to be. The broad overview is that Greenfield’s academic standards compare very favourably when compared to both local and international schools and countries. These results are the product of meticulous planning and preparation and a high standard of teaching, learning and discipline in our classrooms. A huge ‘well done’ to all our staff whose professionalism and commitment to raising standards has been evidenced in these results. Of course, we will be analysing this data carefully to identify our strengths and areas for improvement.
– Andy Wood –