There was a headline in the Guardian recently which ran:
Global school tests under attack as OECD accused of killing 'joy of learning'
Leading academics have accused the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of acting as an unaccountable super-ministry of education which kills the "joy of learning" and turns schooling into "drudgery". A letter signed by 120 leading academics and teachers from 12 countries – including Britain, the US and Germany – argues the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests on 15-year-olds distort the curriculum, reduce teachers' autonomy and increase children's stress levels.
What tosh! In England at any rate, this 'joy' was killed a long time ago by teachers preparing youngsters for GCSEs and their equivalents. The idea that they'd also have the time to include PISA tests as well is ludicrous. I note that no one from Wales signed the letter – probably because they rather like the idea of teaching children how to pass PISA tests – it's a strategy (their only one I think) for rising up the PISA league table.