PISA: It’s Poverty Not Stupid

By admin - Last updated: Thursday, January 6, 2023

From The Principal Difference (publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals)

“There are three kinds of lies; lies, damn lies, and statistics.”-Mark Twain
The release of the 2009 PISA results this past week has created quite a stir and has provided ample fodder for public school bashers and doomsayers who further their own philosophical and profit-motivated agendas by painting all public schools as failing. For whatever reason, these so-called experts, many of whom have had little or no actual exposure to public schools, refuse to paint an accurate picture of the state of education. Read the rest of this entry »
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Another Look at PISA

By admin - Last updated: Thursday, January 6, 2023

Letter published in Education Week (January 4, 2023) from Diane Ravitch to to Deborah Meier

Dear Deborah,

I have been fascinated by the continuing commentary and controversy about the results of the international tests of reading, mathematics, and science known as PISA (the Program for International Student Assessment). President Barack Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan immediately said that the mediocre standing of American students was “a Sputnik moment,” which should produce strong support for their agenda of testing and privately managed schools. Others used the results to promote whatever their favorite remedy was. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.) Read the rest of this entry »

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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… Read the rest of this entry »

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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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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