PISA 2012 Result In China: A Case Study Of Zhejiang Province

Year: 2015

Author: Lewis, Steven

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The 2012 results for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranked China highest of the 65 participating countries and economies. While scholars outside China celebrate the ‘stunning success’ of Shanghai in all three areas assessed, the ranking has attracted comment about Shanghai not being representatives of all of China. This paper reports the latest result of Zhejiang, which is one of other 11 participating Chinese regions, outperform than Shanghai’s and achieved good results (570 in reading, 623 in math and 582 in science) while Shanghai’s result are 570 in reading, 613 in math and 580 in science). This paper builds on the studies of governing by numbers in education by Ozga and policy as numbers by Lingard. These studies express the role of numbers in the contemporary education policy. This paper discusses the role of PISA in the Chinese education reform. It traced the PISA implementation in China and then how this PISA result initiates some forms of education reform in China, especially in Zhejiang province. This paper argues that as a rich province neighboring Shanghai, Zhejiang acts as one of the strong performers and successful reformers in education in China. It stimulates curious learners and maintains effective learning environments.