Another Look at PISA

7 Jan


First, the two top-scoring participants—Shanghai and Finland—both have strong public school systems. Neither is deregulating their schools and handing control over to private organizations. Different as they are, they achieved academic success by strengthening the public sector, not by deregulation and privatization.

The other salient factor about U.S. performance on international tests is that we have an exceptional and shameful rate of child poverty.

Most of the nations (and cities) that compete on PISA have far lower child-poverty rates.

Researchers for the National Association for Secondary School Principals disaggregated the PISA results by income and made some stunning discoveries. Take a look at this link (“PISA: It’s Poverty Not Stupid“). It shows that American students in schools with low poverty rates were first in the world when they were compared with students in nations with comparably low poverty levels.

Stanford study: American math achievement trails most industrialized nations


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