Press Release

AFT on PISA Problem-Solving Skills Assessment

For Release: 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

AFT's Weingarten: "This report makes clear the importance of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as a pathway to preparing kids for the global economy."

WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's first PISA assessment of problem-solving skills by 15-year-olds in 28 countries:

"This report makes clear the importance of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as a pathway to preparing kids for the global economy.

"While it's good news that U.S. teens performed problem-solving skills significantly better than students in other countries with similar reading, mathematics and science performance, Japan and other top-ranking countries do better because they focus on problem solving across all subjects with strategies such as student-led projects that create deeper, integrated learning.

"This report also verifies the need for the Common Core standards, provided they are implemented right."

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.