Public Policies in Education and Portuguese Students Performance in the Programme for International Student Assessment – PISA (2000-2015)

Head researcher

Domingos Fernandes


Cláudia Neves

Domingos Fernandes

Luís Tinoca

Sofia Viseu

Susana Henriques


This investigation was aimed at exploring and studying relationships between public educational policies and Portuguese students performance in all editions of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

For the purposes of this study the following objectives have been defined:

  • To characterize relevant and national public policies taking into account programs and projects that have been developed since the publication of the 1986 bill which defined the grounds of the Portuguese Educational System (Lei de Bases do Sistema Educativo).
  • To investigate school directors’ as well as inspectors’ and teachers’ perceptions on the relationships between public policies on education (through a wide set of national programs and projects) and teaching and learning improvements.
  • To describe the samples of Portuguese students who took the PISA tests that were administered between 2000 and 2015.
  • To analyze Portuguese students’ performances throughout the years taking into account the composition of the respective samples and the overall mean of the participant countries and regions.

Data analysis and interpretation will enable the production of a set of reflections and recommendations which might support educational public policies development for the coming years.

Development Period

09/2017 – 09/2018

Source of funding

POCH/Portugal 2020/Fundo Social Europeu


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