The Failure of Test-Based Accountability

Cross-posted from Education Week In my last blog, I pointed to the data that shows that, after 10 years of federal education policies based on test-based accountability, there has been no perceptible improvement in student performance among high school students (which, when you get ri
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NCLB, California and Accountability in All Its Guises

Cross-posted from Education Week California has announced that it intends to take a breather for a year from the annual testing required by federal law until it can put much better tests—aligned with the Common Core—in place to drive its accountability program. The Administration says
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Pasi Sahlberg on Finland’s Recent PISA Results

Cross-posted from Education Week For years following the release of the 2001 and subsequent PISA results, edutourists visited Finland hoping to uncover their secrets.  In the most recent survey, Finland’s position had slipped from 2nd to 5th in reading, from 6th to 12th in mathe
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What Now? Federal Education Policy Adrift

Cross-posted from Education Week With each new report from the PISA surveys, the United States drifts a little further down the international rankings of national school performance.  You might think that would concentrate the minds of our federal policy makers.  What we have instead
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Tucker’s Lens: Lessons in Teacher Quality from Shanghai

By Marc Tucker Those of you who make it your business to follow the PISA survey reports know that, in 2010, the first year that PISA reported results for Shanghai, China, this megalopolis of 23 million souls came out on the top of the world’s league tables.  The same thing happened ag
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Global Perspectives: Pasi Sahlberg on Finland’s PISA Rankings

Interviewed by Marc Tucker When the first PISA results were announced in 2001, no one was more surprised than the Finns to find Finland at the top of the league tables.  And Finland remained at the top as the results of subsequent surveys came out.  But, when the results of the most r
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International Reads: More Countries Respond to PISA Results

By Jackie Kraemer The Huffington Post reported on reaction to PISA 2012 results in the UK, France, Spain and Poland.  Here are highlights from that report. Among countries participating in PISA, the UK slipped 5 points in science to 21st and climbed two places in reading and math to 2
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Statistic of the Month: Equity and Resource Allocation on PISA 2012

By Jennifer Craw In our previous Statistic of the Month we highlighted the link between students’ socio-economic status and their performance on PISA 2012, pointing out that top-performing education systems tend to have a higher level of resilient students—who perform well on PISA des
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