Lessons from PISA for the United States
Source:Strong performers and successful reformers in education, p.256 (2011)
Call Number:Cubb LB2822.82 L47 2011
Keywords:Education, Education and state--United States, Educational change--United States, Educational evaluation--United States
Partial contents: Introduction -- Viewing education in the United States through the prism of PISA -- Ontario, Canada : reform to support high achievement in a diverse context -- Shanghai and Hong Kong : two district examples of education reform in China -- Finland : slow and steady reform for consistently high results -- Japan : a story of sustained excellence -- Singapore : rapid improvement followed by strong performance -- Brazil : encouraging lessons from a large federal system -- Germany : once weak international standing prompts strong nationwide reforms for rapid improvement -- Vignettes on education reforms : England and Poland -- Lessons for the United States.; Summary: US President Obama has launched one of the world's most ambitious education reform agendas. Under the heading "Race to the Top", this agenda encourages US states to adopt internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the workplace: recruit, develop, reward, and retain effective teachers and principals; build data systems that measure student success; and inform teachers and principals how they can improve their practices and turn around their lowest-performing schools. But what does the "top" look like internationally? How have the countries at the top managed to achieve sustained high performance or to significantly improve their performance? This volume combines an analysis of PISA with a description of the policies and practices of those education systems that are close to the top or advancing rapidly, in order to offer insights for policy from their reform trajectories.--Publisher's description.