Archives for December 2013

A Systems Thinker Reviews The Atlanta Public Schools' Performance in Reading & Math

Latest Story People are asking for better schools, with no clear idea how to improve eduction, or even how to define improvement of education (except to increase test performance on high-stakes tests). Most people are in favor of improving education.  But when asked how would they improve education, the suggestions are insufficient, and in some […]

A Systems Thinker Reviews The Atlanta Public Schools’ Performance in Reading & Math

Latest Story People are asking for better schools, with no clear idea how to improve eduction, or even how to define improvement of education (except to increase test performance on high-stakes tests). Most people are in favor of improving education.  But when asked how would they improve education, the suggestions are insufficient, and in some […]

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools' Cheating Scandal

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to assess student achievement in the nation’s large urban districts.  Reading results were first reported in 2002 for six districts, and math results […]

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to assess student achievement in the nation’s large urban districts.  Reading results were first reported in 2002 for six districts, and math results […]

Who Benefits When Student PISA Scores Decline?

What’s bad for you might be good for others. In fact, in the world of international tests, American student’s scoring low on the recent PISA test is actually very good for business, profiteers, think tanks, and those who think America’s schools are failing.  Using average scores, the US was ranked 30 in maths, 20 in […]

Teacher Educators are Teachers First by Practicing What They Teach

Teacher Educators are Teachers First by Practicing what they Teach. This is the first of several posts that will be published here about the art of teacher education.  There is a rich body of research on teacher education, and I will make use of recent work that shows that teacher education is a vibrant and […]

Shanghai-China, Canada, Chile and Liechtenstein Head to the PISA Finals

Shanghai, Canada, Chile and Liechtenstein Head to the PISA Finals. Suppose the PISA nations were organized into leagues and to follow the tradition of the sports world,  a final competition would be held in February 2014, to coincide with the Winter Olympics in Russia. Why these four countries?  Shanghai is an obvious choice.  Shanghai-China had […]

EmpowerED Georgia Kicks Off Stop Putting Georgia Schools on Shoestring Budgets

Guest Post by Matt Jones EmpowerED Georgia Kicks Off Stop Putting Georgia Schools on Shoestring Budgets. Since 2010, EmpowerED, a grassroots nonprofit, has focused on building and growing a grassroots movement of parents, educators, and community members to support public education in Georgia. This week, EmpowerED launched a campaign called “Stop Putting Our Schools on […]

Moving Beyond the Drama and Hyperbole that Dominate International Test Score Results

Moving Beyond the Drama and Hyperbole that Dominate International Test Score Results. The Guardian newspaper published a series of articles the 2013 PISA international test results.  In this post I want to focus on the article written by Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg entitled, PISA 2012 scores show the failure of ‘market based’ education […]

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are "Study Machines?"

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are “Study Machines?” According to Emma Vanbergen, Shangahi-based study abroad director for BE Education, a company that places Chinese students in British schools and universities, it’s not surprising that Shanghai students are rated at the top of PISA World League Standings. Why does she think so? She says […]

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are “Study Machines?”

Does High Stakes Testing Produce Students Who are “Study Machines?” According to Emma Vanbergen, Shangahi-based study abroad director for BE Education, a company that places Chinese students in British schools and universities, it’s not surprising that Shanghai students are rated at the top of PISA World League Standings. Why does she think so? She says […]

PISA Testing in the Year 2063: Fives Walk to School on Thursday

Latest Story Note: This is a letter written by a teen living in Atlanta in the year 2063.   Her name is Sklyer F., a 14 year-old girl living in Atlanta with her family—3 brothers, her father who home schools his children, and her mother who is an activist-independent-politician.  The PISA test, developed by the […]

PISA Headlines from the UK: World League Standings!

As in America, the U.K. and European newspapers are having a field day reporting the results of the 2012 PISA results.   Here are few that I’ve read. UK students stuck in educational doldrums, OECD study finds China’s Success? Pushy Parents and Pushier Teachers Asian economies top OECD’s latest PISA survey of global education, underscoring […]

PISA Day: Your education today is your economy tomorrow

“Your education today is your economy tomorrow,” is a quote from Andreas Schleicher from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who has become one of the world’s most influential figures in education. I took this statement off the PISA Day website.  In the view of Mr. Schleicher, a nation’s economy hinges on education […]

A Reporter from Ireland Previews the Release of PISA Test Results

As I mentioned yesterday, I am in England, and when I do an Internet search I often run across articles and reports from journals and newspapers in this part of the world. I did a search on PISA 2013 test results which will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, December 3rd) and the first hit was an […]

Schools Stuck at Back of the Class According To Forthcoming PISA International Test Results

According to today’s lead newspaper story, the results to be released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), show the  country has simply “stagnated” since its lackluster performance four years ago.  The OECD results will be announced on Tuesday. According to OECD 2009 test data, average score for the country’s fifteen year olds […]