The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a large scale, multinational OECD program which is designed to develop internationally comparable indicators that inform the process of education policy, reinforce the public accountability of education, and provide insight into the comparative functioning of education systems. PISA measures the academic outcomes of 15-year-ol student, as well as contextual factors associated with academic success. Since 2000, this assessment has been administered every three years in participating countries throughout the world. Since 2003, students with special educational needs have been identified in the assessment sample. In 2012, 510,000 students from 65 countries participated in the assessment, including 10,717 students with special educational needs.
This presentation will examine several important questions related to PISA 2012:
1. What is known about the participation, performance, and attitudes of students with special educational needs in PISA 2012, as a unique group, and in comparison to their peers without special educational needs? Are there trends that have global implications?
2. How can OECD/PISA contribute to policies and practices that will improve education outcomes for students with special educational needs?
The presentation will be given by Barbara LeRoy and Marcella Deluca.
Dr. LeRoy is an Associate Professor in the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (USA). She received her doctorate in Education from the University of Michigan. She has conducted disability research and systems change initiatives over the past 40 years, addressing inclusive education, transition to community, supported employment, and self determination. She has worked at all levels within the disability system, including schools, state government, and as the director of the Michigan University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She has been a consultant to numerous international ministries of education, the World Bank, United Nation agencies, and the OECD. Dr. LeRoy just completed a year-long Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship at OECD, examining PISA implementation for students with special needs. She is an appointed member of the Governor's Disability Council and a founding Board member of a charter school for disenfranchised youth in Detroit.
Marcella is the Leonard Cheshire Disability's Inclusive Education specialist. Her role involves research and project management in the field of Equity and Access to education and training, as well as in the fields of disability, international development and poverty reduction. Marcella has worked extensively on evaluation of projects and programmes that provide services to persons with disabilities, particularly children. Emphasis of her work is on review and analysis of inclusive educational data through the OECD and related international organisations. Marcella has experience in evidence-based project design, management and implementation as well as in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research, in designing and conducting data collection.