PISA In The News

Latest News and Updates on PISA
November 20, 2013: A debate: What do international test scores tell us? Marc Tucker of the National Center of Education and the Economy takes issue with a recent Washington Post column about PISA Day.

Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education scores and indicators to show that the United States is a truly global nation

November 18, 2013: Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. Yet, the data also tells a cautionary tale: whereas nearly every county in the United States has ties to the world outside our borders, schools have not been able to keep pace by providing students with the needed knowledge and skills for success in the interconnected world.

November 13, 2013: Ten National Education Organizations to Host Digital Event on Latest PISA Results: On December 3, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release the latest scores and results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of reading literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to fifteen-year-olds in the United States and more than sixty-five countries worldwide. In conjunction with the release of the PISA scores and the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of the U.S. results, the Alliance for Excellent Education, along with nine national education organizations, will host an extensive digital event that examines the results and their lessons for U.S. education policy.

Recent Articles and Reports on International Assessment and Education
A report from the Stanford Center for Opportunity in Education by David Conley and Linda Darling-HammondNovember 18, 2013: Creating Systems of Assessment for Deeper Learning:
As education in the United States shifts to emphasize the deeper learning approaches of the Common Core State Standards, states are evaluating how to move to new systems of assessment that can measure these more complex and comprehensive goals. The report authored by David Conley and Linda Darling-Hammond — Creating Systems of Assessment for Deeper Learning — describes how state policymakers and education leaders can strategically design assessment and accountability systems in ways that support learning for students, educators, and systems, alike. Drawing on research and successful practices in the United States and abroad, the report offers a blueprint for new systems of assessment that are able to support the development of deeper learning skills, to generate instructionally useful diagnostic information, and to provide insights about a wider range of student capacities that are actionable by students and inform parents, colleges, employers, and policymakers.

November 2, 2013: The Economist: Fixing Sweden’s Schools. A new study from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will land on the desks of policymakers around the world next month. It will make sobering reading for political leaders in many countries. In Sweden Jan Bjorklund, the education minister, is prepared for poor marks too.

November 5, 2013: INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT: U.S. Adults Rank Below International Averages in Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem-solving Skills, According to New OECD Survey. Adults in the United States rank in a tie for fifteenth out of twenty-three countries in literacy, twenty-first in numeracy, and tied for seventeenth in problem solving in technology-rich environments compared to other developed nations in the first Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Survey of Adult Skills. The new survey, also known as the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), measures the skill levels of sixteen- to sixty-five-year-olds.