Paving the Way for PISA: The OECD’s International Education Indicators Project (INES)

Christian Ydesen, Sotiria Grek

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This article aims to uncover the history behind the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) International Educational Indicators (INES) project. Drawing on archival sources as well as research literature, this article is one of the first attempts to offer a complete picture of the preparations towards the making of INES, its program delivery, and its effects. The article argues that not only was INES a key player in establishing the OECD as the quintessential education technocracy paving the way for more and better national performance data, but also it was crucial in setting the OECD on the path of becoming a policy actor. This role would be strengthened much more with the launch of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study a few years later. The article concludes by observing the INES project played a first but nonetheless normative and legitimizing role in promoting what could be called a global ideology of educational management and change linked to broader public sector reforms across member countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Education Policy
ISSN0268-0939
Publication statusSubmitted - Apr 2019

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