Archive for December, 2010
By William J. Rees (A review of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch, published in 2010 by Basic Books. This review appeared in Science, May 28, 2010 and is available on-line, subscription required.)
Thomas C. O’Brien, a long-time advocate for improving mathematics education, died Dec. 6, 2010, of cancer. He contributed several well-received articles to the Mathematically Sane site…
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is carried out by the nations of the OECD to assess what 15 year-olds have learned, both inside and out of school. Students performed better on the 2009 assessment than on the 2006 assessment. However, they continued to perform significantly below the international average for industrialized nation.