Here are some excellent additions to The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results I posted this morning just after they came out:
My View of the PISA Scores is by Diane Ravitch.
The PISA Puzzle is by Dana Goldstein. Here are a couple of excerpts from her Slate piece:
There’s another PISA result that should be heeded just as much as, if not more than, the rankings themselves: The OECD found that school systems with greater teacher leadership opportunities, like Canada’s, outperform those like ours, in which administrators and policymakers exert more top-down control over the classroom, through scripted lessons or teacher evaluation systems that heavily weigh student test scores. Yet you won’t hear about that much on PISA Day, because those have both become popular interventions during the Obama era of education reform…..
Maybe the takeaway from PISA shouldn’t be that Common Core is the answer, but rather that we need a comprehensive approach to educating and caring for our poorest children in order to close the achievement gap between rich and poor in this country, and between American students and their developed-nation peers.
Here are two posts by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post:
A PISA contradiction
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