The great schools revolution

An interesting article on schooling at The Economist. To start us off here is a table from the OECD. Discuss.

FROM Toronto to Wroclaw, London to Rome, pupils and teachers have been returning to the classroom after their summer break. But this September schools themselves are caught up in a global battle of ideas. In many countries education is at the forefront of political debate, and reformers desperate to improve their national performance are drawing examples of good practice from all over the world.

Why now? One answer is the sheer amount of data available on performance, not just within countries but between them. In 2000 the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) at the OECD, a rich-country club, began tracking academic attainment by the age of 15 in 32 countries. Many were shocked by where they came in the rankings. (PISA’s latest figures appear in table 1.)

I’ve gotta say, the Programme for International Student Assessment sounds awfully like National Standards for the OECD.


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  • Diego

    interesting that our scores and rankings in each area are higher than Australia’s – the country we are supposedly lagging behind and will never catch up with. I didn’t expect us to rank so well in Science either, had thought that was an area that our schools were not up to play with.