Archive for December, 2010

A Reformer’s Change of Heart

By admin - Last updated: Friday, December 24, 2022

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.)

Sad News About Tom O’Brien

By admin - Last updated: Sunday, December 19, 2022

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…

Performance on PISA 2009

By admin - Last updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2022

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.