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PISA results yield 4 key actions for U.S. education

PISA results yield 4 key actions for U.S. education

“Stagnant” U.S. PISA performance is a call to action, experts say

US-PISAU.S. students lagged behind their international counterparts in reading, math, and science, and students’ performance remained flat as other countries’ students improved, according to much-anticipated data from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The PISA is 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.

This year, test results focused on math in particular. According to key findings, the U.S. ranked 26th out of the 34 OECD countries. While math performance was below average, science and reading performance stayed close to average, with the U.S. ranking 17th in reading and 21st in science.

(Next page: Details on U.S. PISA performance)

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  1. rvellani

    December 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

    This article is completely without context about the PISA test, the scores, and the difference in instructional practices around the world and how to think about these differences. Clearly, no one at eSchool News read Ravitch’s *Reign of Error* or saw Dana Goldstein’s insightful piece on PISA at when the scores were released.

    As a long time reader, I’m mystified at this piece. It strikes me as educational ambulance chasing. Maybe you are partnering too much with the educational-industrial complex represented by Pearson et. al..

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  3. randy_rodgers

    January 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t know who Bob Wise or the Alliance for Excellent Education is, but anyone that believes more/better tests and higher standards make for better education has NO credibility whatsoever. This is espousing a continuation of a strategy that has yielded nothing. The entrenched ideas that doing the same thing harder and louder (more rigor!) or testing “better” will improve education ignore historical facts and research. This mentality is our greatest hindrance as a profession, and people who think like this should be run out of town.