So, how bad is it? Looking at successful education programs in other countries makes us even more aware of the problems here, but also gives us ideas about how to do things better. Standardized assessment is essential to making improvements.
Andreas Schleicher, from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, gave a presentation, “Learning with the World: Lessons in Education from the Highest Performing Nations”, earlier this year for the Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity University. The Department of Education at Trinity University posted links for those who could not attend or who want more information:
- Schleicher’s slides from the January 20, 2012 talk at Trinity
- A video of an earlier Schleicher lecture, “PISA Chief Explains the Data”, from 2010
- A video series, “Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education”, featuring countries that performed well in PISA testing. Also available on the OECD website.
- A white paper, “What Can America Learn?”
Also, here is a news release about the event, including information about other speakers.