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Current stories on international achievement tests, US position compared globally, & nations at the top of the education mountain
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The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by CAthy Rubin, Huffington Post

 

How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations i...

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6 Myths in the New York Times Math Article by Elizabeth Green

6 Myths in the New York Times Math Article by Elizabeth Green | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tom Loveless, Brookings

 

Critiques Elizabeth Green’s recent New York Times article about math instruction, and identifies six myths that the author relied on to tell her story.

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Myth #1: Japan Scores Higher Than the U.S. on Math Tests Because Japanese Teachers Teach Differently
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Why We Should Not Copy South Korea

Why We Should Not Copy South Korea | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravtich, Huffington Post

 

We have heard again and again that we are losing "the global competition" to nations like South Korea where students and parents take tests very seriously. But are test scores worth it?...

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Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Pasi Sahlberg, Washington Post

 

Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg explains in an important post.

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Map: Who has the longest and shortest summer break in Europe

Map: Who has the longest and shortest summer break in Europe | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Libby Nelson, Vox

 

Italian kids get a long, long summer off.

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Sweden Introduced School Choice—Then Things Got Ugly

Sweden Introduced School Choice—Then Things Got Ugly | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ray Fisman, Slate

 

Every three years, Americans wring their hands over the state of our schools compared with those in other countries. The occasion is the triennial release of global scholastic achievement rankings based on exams administered by the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which tests students in 65 countries in...

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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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South Korea’s $18 Billion Education Problem

South Korea’s $18 Billion Education Problem | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeyup Kwaak, Wall Street Journal

 

In South Korea, the yearly college entrance exam is a make-or-break moment for young people’s lives. So when the new education minister hinted at a significant reform, local news outlets and social media jumped.

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South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students

South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Se Woong Koo, New York Times

 

South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness.

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US educators lead the world in overestimating student poverty, which may affect educational mobility

US educators lead the world in overestimating student poverty, which may affect educational mobility | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Do educators’ perceptions of how disadvantaged their students are matter? Put another way, when teachers think their students are underprivileged, do they have lower expectations for them, and do their students achieve less at school? In a July 22, 2014, article “Poverty and the perception of poverty – how both matter for schooling outcomes,” Andreas …
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U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The U.S. ranked near the bottom in an exhaustive international comparison of educational innovation, but received high grades for use of assessments and parent engagement.
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Report finds U.S. primary, secondary schools rank below average in innovation

Report finds U.S. primary, secondary schools rank below average in innovation | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Caroline Porter, Wall Street Journal

 

The U.S. ranks below average when it comes to innovation in primary and secondary schools, while countries such as Denmark, Indonesia and South Korea top the charts, according to an international report.

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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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