U.S. Education: A Global Perspective
The Dec. 3 release of the OECD’s triennial report on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranks academic achievement among students from approximately 70 countries, with an emphasis on the math competencies of 15-year-olds. PISA provides the most comprehensive research and analysis of indicators that measure the quality of teaching and learning around the globe.
What does the research tell us about the policies and practices of high-performing countries that can further our goal of providing all of our children with a high-quality education? This page explores answers to that question. One good place to start is with the webinar presentation. New materials will be added regularly.
- Brochure: What You Need to Know
- Briefing papers
- AFT project offers tools to understand international comparisons, AFT news
- PISA Webinar October 2013
- International Perspectives: The Effects of Poverty on Student Achievement
- In a Nov. 18 speech at the City Club of Chicago, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery challenged the misleading narrative of "failing schools" and argued that we need to think more critically about the findings of international comparisons.
- California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt writes in the September-October issue of California Teacher about how today's attacks on public education in this country are taking place in the context of a global economic crisis.
Articles and resources
- We Must Fight Poverty As We Fix Our Schools, Huffington Post
- Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States, OECD
- The United States Is Far Behind Other Countries on Pre-K, Center for American Progress
- "Early Learning: This Is Not a Test," New York Times column by Randi Weingarten
- PISA: It's Poverty Not Stupid, National Association of Secondary School Principals
- Equity and Quality in Education - Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools, OECD
- Early childhood education at home and abroad, American Federation of Teachers
- Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for the United States, OECD
- Synergies for Better Learning: An International Perspective on Evaluation and Assessment, OECD
- For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, the Equity and Excellence Commission, U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. poverty rates higher, safety net weaker than in peer countries, Economic Policy Institute
- The Shanghai Secret, by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman