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How PISA results will impact U.S. schools

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
November 22nd, 2013

International PISA test results can help guide U.S. schools, experts say

PISA-rankingsMuch debate has focused on the role of international rankings and assessments in U.S. education. Experts say U.S. education leaders can use data about top performing countries to inform U.S. education practice.

One such test is the PISA, an international study launched in 1997 that assesses 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science every three years in an effort to evaluate worldwide education systems. PISA results will be made public on International PISA Day, which takes place on Dec. 3.

The test reveals the “importance of deeper learning skills such as critical thinking and problem solving,” said Robert Rothman, a senior fellow with the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) during a PISA preview webinar on Nov. 21.

(Next page: What’s important about the PISA, and how to interpret results)

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2 Responses to “How PISA results will impact U.S. schools”


It is interesting to note in the recent Atlantic Magazine article concerning the new book that the author of said book remarked on the country’s intellectual tradition. Unfortunately, the US has had an anti-intellectual streak since the days of the can-do Yankees. Clearly countries with a tradition that values intellectuals and learning will score with higher PISAs. Most likely this variance will not register with the handwringers and pundits, who in some cases are as part of what Paul Krugman calls the Ignorance Caucus.