Assistant Professor
Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Poland

Maciej Jakubowski

Maciej Jakubowski is a researcher in education and labor market and policy advisor. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics and an MA in sociology from the University of Warsaw, where he works as an assistant professor. Between 2008 and 2012, he has worked for the PISA team at the OECD. Since 2012 served as an under-secretary of state at the Polish Ministry of Education. In 2014, he established Evidence Institute to promote evidence-based practice and support countries in analyzing international student assessments. His academic research focuses on large-scale student assessments and the methodology of policy evaluation.

Expertise: economics of education




International student assessments measure student achievement, attitudes, opinions, well-being, and other aspects of their life and schooling. These measures are compared internationally across countries and time to inform policymakers and teachers. We discuss the reliability and comparability of crucial results from studies like PISA and TIMSS. We argue that many results can be trusted, given their correct interpretation. However, we also give examples of doubtful but popular findings which misguide ministers of education, experts, and teachers. We focus on PISA’s attempt to measure student well-being and preferences towards learning modes. We show how PISA results drive us to see meaning where there isn’t any. Finally, we present research tools implemented in Poland to measure student preferences and well-being in a highly reliable way and how we work with teachers to use these results in their classrooms.

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