On Tuesday the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released the 2012 scores for the Program for International Student Assessment, commonly known as PISA, the international reading, math, and science exam of 15-year-olds.
They wondered: Why it was that in every school, in every city, kids couldn’t wait until the bell rang at 3 o’clock. Why everyone -- teachers and students alike -- couldn’t wait until the weekend, or summer, or vacation, or graduation.
GARDNER -- Massachusetts has a paradox to solve. The state regularly leads the nation in its math scores in national assessments, but its high-school graduates are often unprepared for their first college math class.
To keep the promise of a college education alive for all citizens, not just the well-off, U.S. higher education needs better prepared students, better financial aid, and a better way to measure student learning.
Regardless of perceived academic ability, every single student who set about creating their very first computer game on PowerPoint software started thinking in ways that so many of us only hope for in our language, science, or math classrooms.
Using data-mining techniques and a close read of college transcripts, a national research organization has helped more than 4,500 students receive associate’s degrees retroactively — students who had enough credits to earn an associate’s degree,...