Global Education Systems Get Their Report Cards

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CMRubinWorld’s new interview with OECD PISA 2015 Director Andreas Schleicher who argues that we should revolutionize the way we assess students

The results have just been published. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey that evaluates education systems, tested over half a million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy, although the major emphasis of the 2015 test was science literacy.

In a new interview with C.M. Rubin (Founder of CMRubinWorld), Andreas Schleicher tells all. Interesting highlights of the test results include: Just four provinces in China now provide 13% of the world’s top-performing students; Singapore, Canada, Estonia, Japan and Finland have combined excellence and equity over a number of PISA tests, and interestingly these countries have a steadfast commitment to outstanding teaching and to supporting schools and students that are struggling. While socio-economic status accounts for 13% of the variation in science, maths and reading, the 10% most disadvantaged students in Macao (China) and Vietnam outperformed the 10% most advantaged students in 20 PISA participating countries.

In response to Rubin’s question regarding the test’s focus on the “application of knowledge versus possession of knowledge,” Schleicher states the test explores “whether students can think like a scientist, reason like a mathematician and distinguish between good and bad arguments in a written text.”

Schleicher further highlights that “disadvantage remains a major determinant of performance, right around the world. On average, poorer students are still 3 times more likely to be low performers in science than wealthier students.” But disadvantage can be mitigated by higher standards and steadfast attention to the needs of all students.

“If we look at countries like Singapore, Canada, Estonia, Japan and Finland, who have combined excellence and equity over a number of PISA cycles, we can see what they do: they have high and universal expectations for all students, an unwavering focus on outstanding teaching and they target resources on schools and students that are struggling.”

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Andreas Schleicher is the OECD Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD Secretary-General.

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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