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Why the PISA Debates Are Misleading -- and Useful

Why the PISA Debates Are Misleading -- and Useful | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
If the PISA test results give us the impetus we need to truly prioritize academic education -- in our families, communities, governments, and schools -- then all the hype will be more than worthwhile.
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excerpt: "Methinks the bloggers doth protest too much. China is not the issue. Chinese statistics are not the issue. The statistical issues Dillon and Fallows discuss may explain why Shanghai significantly topped scores from ALL non-Chinese nations tested. They don't explain why the United States ranked 25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading out of 34 countries surveyed. Or why students across Europe excel in two languages (three in Finland, which also tops the science ratings) while ours score in English below countries for which English is not a native language."

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In PISA Test, Top Scores From Shanghai Stun Experts

In PISA Test, Top Scores From Shanghai Stun Experts | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

“The technical side of this was well regulated, the sampling was O.K., and there was no evidence of cheating,” he said.

Mr. Schneider, however, noted some factors that may have influenced the outcome.

For one thing, Shanghai is a huge migration hub within China. Students are supposed to return to their home provinces to attend high school, but the Shanghai authorities could increase scores by allowing stellar students to stay in the city, he said. And Shanghai students apparently were told the test was important for China’s image and thus were more motivated to do well, he said.

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It's only stated as a possibility, but this made a statement. 

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Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools | Video on TED.com

How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks us through the PISA test, a global measurement that ranks countries against one another -- then uses that same data to help schools improve.

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What makes a great education system? Watch Andreas Schleicher administer a test to compare student performance around the world. 

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Numbers Can Lie: What TIMSS and PISA Truly Tell Us, if Anything?

Numbers Can Lie: What TIMSS and PISA Truly Tell Us, if Anything? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Yong Zhao poses some thought-provoking questions about US student performance as reported from famous international testing data. Especially in view of the historical data. I wonder how many others are analyzing this kind of data. It certainly sounds more positive than what is being reported.

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The Sour Grapes of Pisa

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  The new Pisa 2012 will be released on Tuesday, which for those who are unfamiliar with it is a recurrent survey on the performance of schoolchildren from all over the world. The winners in this s...
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List of Nobel laureates by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of Nobel laureates by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The present list ranks laureates under the country/countries that are stated by the Nobel Prize committee on its website. The list does not distinguish between laureates who got a full prize and the majority who got just a fraction of a prize.

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I wonder if the PISAs offer valid indicators or predictors of military thinking and strategic skills or even for creativity. It strikes me that the USA still has the highest number of Nobel Prize Winners (http://www.whichcountry.co/top-10-countries-with-most-nobel-prize-winners-in-the-world/, orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates_by_country). I wonder how this is explained? We could look at Nobel Science Winners per capita to consider other measureshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Nobel_laureates_per_capita. We could and should also research innovations and patents in terms of quantity and quality. I'm wondering about the quality of education may have a few more frames with which to really address the true issues of education in public schools (elementary or secondary) or in higher education (colleges and universities). However, this is not research I have done. I think getting to valid and useful answers will need some high levels of research skills and access.  less… 

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Why Our Numbers Are Always Wrong

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In the end, our numbers will always be wrong. It is our choice whether we want to blindly believe or continue to test and refine them.
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