written by Amanda Ripley
2016 (New York Times)
The results from the 2015 PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) were released today. Fifteen year old students from seventy-two countries were tested in math, reading, science, and problem solving. Amanda Ripley, from the New York Times, wrote a compelling article about the results. For me, here was the money part of her report:
Here's what the models show: Generally speaking, the smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective: directed more resources to their neediest children; enrolled most children in high-quality preschools; helped schools establish cultures of constant improvement; and applied rigorous, consistent standards across all classrooms. Of all the lessons learned, the United States has employed only one at scale: A majority of states recently adopted more consistent and challenging learning goals, known as the Common Core Standards, for reading and math.
Other interesting findings from the report:
You can find the full report here.