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Test Scores vs. Entrepreneurship: PISA, TIMSS, and Confidence

Test Scores vs. Entrepreneurship: PISA, TIMSS, and Confidence | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

 by Yong Shao, Yong Zhao Blog

 

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is annual assessment of entrepreneurial activities, aspirations, and attitudes of individuals in over 50 countries, it's the world’s largest entrepreneurship study.

 

How does GEM scores compare with PISA scores? Countries with higher PISA scores have lower confidence in entrepreneurial capabilities:

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What is the Global Achievement Gap and What Do Parents Need to Know About It?

What is the Global Achievement Gap and What Do Parents Need to Know About It? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

America’s public school system enjoyed the limelight for nearly a century. But in the last few decades our performance has been overshadowed by many industrialized nations.

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How the U.S. Stacks Up: FIFA versus PISA

How the U.S. Stacks Up: FIFA versus PISA | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What do the education-policy world and the sports world have in common? For one, Americans are rabidly passionate about both. What’s more, both really love rankings. And you think we’re bad at soccer? We’re even worse in education.
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a funny from ed reformers, comparing pisa and fifa.  Nice looking chart!

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The Global Search for Education: East vs. West - Part 1

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West - Part 1 | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by C.M. Rubin, Huffington Post

 

"While there is rich cultural diversity in Asian countries, it is not as pronounced or complex as in many Western systems such as the USA and the UK. In inner city London it is perfectly possible for a teacher to be facing a class of children w...

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Quietly, a New Test Gains Advocates

Quietly, a New Test Gains Advocates | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andrew Russo, Harvard Education Letter

 

The OECD Test for Schools, a voluntary assessment designed to gauge the thinking skills and attitudes of 15-year-olds.
 

 

 

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Participation is entirely confidential, as are the results. Scores are internationally benchmarked.

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U.S. Students and PISA: How Much Do International Rankings Matter?

U.S. Students and PISA: How Much Do International Rankings Matter? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Emily Richmond, Education Writers Association

 

What’s important to keep in mind: Correlation is not causation. We have no idea precisely why U.S. students overall are failing to make meaningful gains — although there’s plenty of speculation. 

 

...You don’t look at a thermometer to figure out why it’s cold outside.

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Pearson's Global Education Index Ranks U.S. 14th in Learning and Skill Attainment

Pearson's Global Education Index Ranks U.S. 14th in Learning and Skill Attainment | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michele Molnar, Ed Week

 

Pacific Asian countries continue to outrank the United States because they have effective education systems and a "culture of accountablility," according to the report.

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Quietly, a New Test Gains Advocates

Quietly, a New Test Gains Advocates | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alexander Russo, Harvard Education Letter


As educators and policymakers continue to debate the value of the new Common Core assessments and other mandatory assessments, a small but growing number of schools and districts are signing up to participate in a new and different kind of test: the OECD Test for Schools, a voluntary assessment designed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to gauge the thinking skills and attitudes of 15-year olds

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OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics

OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In this letter to Dr Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment, academics from around the world express deep concern about the impact of Pisa tests and call for a halt to the next round of testing
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U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Cory Turner, NPR

 

American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.

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summary of tests taken in England, Finland, & Japan,

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Going 'At Your Own Pace' Isn't Part of the Equation in Singapore

Going 'At Your Own Pace' Isn't Part of the Equation in Singapore | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Butrymowicz, Hechinger Report

 

SINGAPORE—Forty students in bright yellow shirts hunched over their computers in Singapore’s Crescent Girls School as they raced against their teacher’s digital stopwatch. They had just a few minutes to add their thoughts about a short film on discrimination into a shared Google Doc and browse the opinions of their classmates. When the time was …

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Is the U.S. losing the tech race?

Is the U.S. losing the tech race? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
We've all heard the dire pronouncements: U.S. science and technology is losing ground to its global competitors because of a nationwide shortage of scientists and engineers, due primarily to the many failures of K-12 education. But are these gloomy assertions accurate?
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Solving China's Schools: An Interview with Jiang Xueqin

by Ian Johnson

Solving China's Schools: An Interview with Jiang Xueqin<br/><br/> by Ian Johnson | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ian Johnson, New York Review of Books

 

Why are China's high schools performing better than those of any other country? Jiang Xueqin, a Yale graduate who has advised on education reforms in Shenzhen, talks about the future of education in China.

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US students rank better internationally on new problem solving test than they do on conventional math and reading exams

US students rank better internationally on new problem solving test than they do on conventional math and reading exams | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

 

Here’s a modest test result to bolster the argument of those who say the American educational system isn’t so terrible. On a new creative problem-solving test taken by students in 44 countries and regions, U.S. 15-year-olds scored above the international average and rank at number 18 in the world. That’s much better than the below-average performance of U.S. students on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) reading and math tests conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tim Walker, The Atlantic

 

An American teacher in Helsinki questions the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he sees the difference it makes in his classroom.

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24 Stunning Photos Of China's Insanely Stressful College Entrance Exam Process

24 Stunning Photos Of China's Insanely Stressful College Entrance Exam Process | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
REUTERS/China Daily Nearly 9.8 million Chinese high school students took the National College Entrance Exam, called gaokao, on June 7 and 8. The emphasis o
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Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school

Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Caitlin Emma, Politico

 

HELSINKI — At the start of morning assembly in the state-of-the-art Viikki School here, students’ smartphones disappear. In math class, the teacher shuts off the Smartboard and begins drafting perfect circles on a chalkboard. The students — some of the highest-achieving in the world — cut up graphing paper while solving equations...

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Heat Map (of countries) Score on Pearson Cognitive Skills Test

Heat Map (of countries) Score on Pearson Cognitive Skills Test | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
International rankings in education based on cognitive skills and educational attainment. The research data collected has been visualised using a heat map and is also presented in an education ranking table.
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Makes it easy to see, by country, the scores on Pearson's test. Does international comparison on the Pearson Cognitive Skills test matter to parents?

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American Schools vs. the World: Expensive, Unequal, Bad at Math

American Schools vs. the World: Expensive, Unequal, Bad at Math | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Julia Ryan, The Atlantic

 

the U.S. trailing behind educational powerhouses like Korea and Finland.

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This was published a few months ago, but, it's a good summary.

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U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests

U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eric A Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Education Next


It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods.

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How is Australia beating the U.S. at graduating first-generation, low-income college students?

How is Australia beating the U.S. at graduating first-generation, low-income college students? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Butrymowicz, Hechinger Report

 

PARRAMATTA, Australia — Students in polos and plaids streamed into the auditorium at the University of Western Sydney as Lorde’s “Royals” blasted on repeat. While she sang about having “no post code envy,” hundreds of low-income high school seniors and students who would be the first in their families to go to college took their …

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America's Educational Failings

America's Educational Failings | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

 

If reading Piketty reminds us of the troubling inequalities of wealth, the recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on adult skills in rich countries provides an equally grim picture of the inequalities of knowledge — one that for the United States is terrifying. 

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The rise of alternative education in China

The rise of alternative education in China | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

When five-year-old Xiao Ge starts primary school in Guangzhou next year, she won’t endure strict discipline and mountains of homework. Unlike the school life of most children in China, her days will be filled with art, music and creative learning at a private Waldorf school.

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Why does America produce so few low-income high-achieving students?

Why does America produce so few low-income high-achieving students? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brandon Wright, Medium

 

We know from international data—PISA, TIMSS, and so on—that other countries produce more “high achievers” than we do (at least in relation to the size of their pupil populations). And it’s no secret that in the U.S., academic achievement tends to correlate with socioeconomic status, hence producing far too few high achievers within the low-income population. But is this a uniquely American problem? How do we compare to other countries?

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How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 5): Racing to the Past

How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 5): Racing to the Past | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Yong Zhao, Zhao Learning,


If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would suggest that PISA is a secrete plan of Western powers to derail China’s education reforms.  China has been working hard to introduce significant reforms since the 1990s to overcome the apparent shortcomings of its education system in order to cultivate a more diverse, creative, and entrepreneur citizenry.

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If you wonder, just how important to America's future that we raise our students global test scores, then you should know about Yong Zhao.  

 

He's a professor at U of Oregon. He's smart. And his ideas on this topic goes the opposite direction from mainstream.

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What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools

What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Horn, Education Next

 

In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”

 

Students... tend to excel because their parents spend huge sums to send them to hagwons after self-studying, in which students do their “real” learning, teachers, parents, and school leaders told me again and again. The educational experience is far from efficient.

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How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 4): Misleading the World

How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 4): Misleading the World | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Yong Zhao, Zhao Learning

 

From the start, the entire PISA enterprise has been designed to capitalize on the intense nationalistic concern for global competitiveness by inducing strong emotional responses from the unsuspecting public, gullible politicians, and sensation-seeking media. Virtually all PISA products, particularly its signature product—the league tables, are intended to show winners and losers, in not only educational policies and practices of the past, but more important, in capacity for global competition in the future.  While this approach has made PISA an extremely successful global enterprise, it has misled the world down a path of self-destruction, resulting in irrational policies and practices that are more likely to squander precious resources and opportunities than enhancing capacity for future prosperity.

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