Chinese Lessons: Shanghai’s Rise to the Top of the PISA League Tables
This compilation of interviews with top Chinese education leaders and international researchers explores some of the policies and practices behind Shanghai’s outstanding performance on PISA 2009 and PISA 2012. The interviews include perspectives from the following:
Kai-ming Cheng, Chair Professor of Education at Hong Kong University where he previously served as Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor. Cheng played a central role in the recent education reforms in Hong Kong and serves as an advisor to both the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Tom Corocoran, co-director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A decade ago, Corcoran was working closely with the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission; that experience provided the opportunity to learn a lot about education in Shanghai before the more recent reforms were implemented.
Ben Jensen, previously a highly regarded analyst in the OECD Education Directorate currently leading the education work of the Grattan Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Two years ago, he completed a comparative study of the education systems of a number of East Asian education systems and currently he is conducting a study of the Shanghai system for the continuous professional development of teachers.
Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor to the Asia Society for Education, where she was, until recently, the Vice President for Education. While at Asia Society, she was often in China, meeting with education officials at every level and visiting Chinese schools.
Minzuan Zhang, President of the Shanghai Normal University; Director of the Center for International Education Study and Consultation in the Chinese Ministry of Education and a scholar in the field of comparative education. From 2004 through 2011, Zhang was the Vice-Director General of the Shanghai Municipal Education Committee, and, in that capacity, in charge of planning many of the education reforms for which Shanghai has since become famous.
Governing American Education
Marc Tucker outlines the school governance structures used in the top-performing countries around the world – including Australia, Canada (Ontario), China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore – in an effort to draw out lessons for the United States. The report argues that school governance might be the most important topic in American education today and that we will not be able to meet the challenges that now face us until we rethink the way we approach education policy.
International Comparative Study of Leading Vocational Education Systems
In this series of reports, CIEB explores the leading vocational and technical education systems from around the world to draw out what makes these systems great and what other countries can learn from them.
The Phoenix: Vocational Education and Training in Singapore
Stability, a commitment to implementation,
a strong compulsory education system,
aligned and coherent planning, a strong
link to the national economic development
strategy and to business—these are a
few of the things that set the Singapore
Vocational Education and Training system
apart. Click to read CIEB’s in-depth look
at what makes Singapore’s VET system
exceptional, and what other countries can
learn from it.