Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Braving the Media Storm of PISA 2012

You can't talk about education without tripping over PISA. On December 3, the 2012 PISA results will be released, and there will be a considerable amount of media attention and drooling. This was written by Tim Walker who is an American teaching in Finland. Tim has an insightful blog titled Taught by Finland. Tim tweets here. You can find this post on Tim's blog here.

By Tim Walker

There's a storm brewing. In less than 24 hours, the latest PISA results from the 2012 data will be revealed on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM (GMT).

Undoubtedly, there will be lots of must-read stories swirling around. Many tales of winners and losers. With certainty, Finland will get its fair share of heat.

On Saturday, Helsingin Sanomat, a well-respected Finnish newspaper, reported that Finland dropped from the Top 10 in math from PISA 2012, noting that Estonia’s 15-year-olds outperformed Finland’s.

Updated: 2:20 PM (GMT), Monday, December 2, 2013

Over the next few days, I will be compiling a list of recent, important articles (concerning the results of PISA 2012) on this page. I'm looking for information that helps us navigate the tricky waters of international test scores, giving us lots of food for thought. Please share other PISA-related articles as I will be regularly adding to this list in the days ahead:

“PISA’S China Problem” – The Brookings Institution

“’PISA Day’ – An Ideological and Hyperventilated Exercise” – The Economic Policy Institute

“The Fetishization of International Test Scores” – Washington Post

“Don’t Let PISA League Tables Dictate Schooling” – The Guardian

‘”Prepare Pupils in England for International Tests’” – BBC News

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