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S5W-15198: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 9 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether Scotland participated in the 2015 Programme for International Student (PISA) field trials, in which pupils were randomly assigned computer- and paper-based PISA tests, and, if so, what data it holds regarding the outcome.

Answered by: John Swinney 19 March 2018

The field trial for PISA 2015 took place in March 2014. Scotland participated, along with all countries administering computer-based assessment in the PISA 2015 survey. The field trial involved assignment of students within participating schools to groups taking computer or paper-based assessment. The processing of raw assessment data was carried out by the PISA 2015 international consortium of contractors, appointed by the OECD, who have determined that it is not technically possible to draw conclusions about an individual country’s outcome. Consequently, the Scottish Government do not hold the results of the trial on mode effects.