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 reform (Sahlberg, Pasi, 2013). Sahlberg is Director General of International Centre at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki. He has written extensively about educational improvement and enhancing equity as the focus of improving education.… Read more
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 that the city schools are the most competitive in a country (China) where getting high scores on exams is the goal of education.… Read more
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 the key role of hard work and quality teaching.
- Vietnam: The Rising Star
- Anxious UK pupils lag behind in maths
One of the sub-headlines reads: UK teenagers slip down world league in maths, science and reading.… Read more
“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 (performance). Although there is data to refute this, organizations such OECD, make the claim that your student’s performance on school tests will have a major impact on the nation’s economy.… Read more
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 fell in maths, reading and science. Scores are expected to fall further when the 2013 results are available on Tuesday.
According to one senior education official, the latest PISA results are a “wake up call” for school policy. … Read more