Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2023, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (2): 53-62.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2023.02.005

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PISA Derivatives: A Utilitarian Challenge to Global Education Governance

Ji Liu, Jin Zhang   

  1. Faculty of Education, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, China
  • Accepted:2022-11-24 Online:2023-02-01 Published:2023-01-18


PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) derivatives share many commonalities with financial derivatives, and have emerged as a key development in international student assessments that is rapidly reshaping the policy landscape in global education governance. Their influence includes market-economy ideology replacing that of educational value, sharp increases in global demand for testing, and deterioration of local education autonomy and diversity. Through ideology transfusion, distortion of supply and demand, and decay of educational value, PISA derivatives are deepening policy short-sightedness, decontextualization, and structural dependency in global education governance. In light of these challenges, global education governance frameworks in the new era must emphasize humanistic values, strengthen inclusiveness, enhance equality, and activate new governance potentials through strategic reform in the international educational assessment architecture.

Key words: PISA, derivatives, global education governance, international educational assessment