PISA: A different take on the criticism

Read this interesting MSPnet blog topic posed by Brian Drayton on: "What does PISA mean to you, and for your work? The results of international tests of students' science and math knowledge get a huge amount of attention and commentary. Do they matter for your work, or the people you work with? How? Do you find a way to make use of these results"?

Comments continue to be added to move the discussion forward. Here is one that was posted by Andy Zucker on April 7: "PISA is imperfect, yes, but can it be useful nonetheless? When PISA reports that there is a greater correlation in the U.S. between poverty and test scores than in many other nations, isn't that information that fits well with research by Linda Darling-Hammond and many others? PISA suggests American teachers are not well paid compared to many nations; is that wrong? When 26% of U.S. students don't reach Level 2 (out of 6) on PISA's math test, should we simply complain about poor sampling in Shanghai and excessive test prep skewing their results, or should we ask what we can do to improve U.S. math education? Yong Zhao may identify some real problems with PISA--but what does he recommend we do to improve American education?"

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