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“In a global economy, the benchmark for educational success is no longer progress by state standards alone, but by the best performing education systems internationally,” said Andreas Schleicher, special adviser on education policy to OECD’s secretary-general and deputy director for education. “With this new OECD Ttest, schools now have the tools to see themselves in the light of what the world’s educational leaders show can be achieved.”

OECD hopes that the test will not be used for rankings only, but rather as a stepping stone for progress.

The information on students’ achievement, their engagement, and the teaching and learning environment at participating schools should stimulate further reflection and discussion among school staff and local educational authorities, OECD officials said.

In the future, the test is expected to provide important peer-to-peer learning opportunities—locally, nationally, and internationally—as well as the opportunity to share good practices to help identify “what works” in order to improve and make useful change.

More detailed information on the pilot schools that participated on the test, as well as what characteristics help to spur student achievement, can be found in the report.

“For the first time, individual high schools can look in the international mirror and get a true reflection of how they compare to their global peers,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, in a statement. “More importantly, individual high schools taking the new OECD test for Schools now have the data and information to improve student performance even more.

He continued: “All students will be measured at some point. Schools can either take the OECD school-based test now to see how their students compete, or wait until their students enter the workforce and have market forces tell them how they stack up.”

All schools will be able to take the OECD test for Schools in September 2013. Schools and districts interested should visit:

OECD notes that the Test for Schools and the main PISA studies are different assessments and should not be confused.

Meris Stansbury

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