Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What is PISA and Where do we Stand?

PISA helps us compare our students with other students across the globe.  Students are asked to demonstrate knowledge of reading, mathematics and science literacy on the assessment.  There were a total of 65 participating countries and education systems and this was Massachusetts' first time administering the assessment.

Want to take a look at some of the world-wide results?  The presentation below includes additional background information, sample questions, and aggregated data in the form of bar graphs and scatterplots.

Findings From the 2012 PISA Report

If you are more interested in the Commonwealth's results, the following two links will provide you with Massachusetts' specific data.  The first is a press release from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and provides bulleted data points including lists of the top performers.  The second is an opinion piece from US News and World Report that argues that the Bay State's success has come from setting the expectation of high standards.

DESE's PISA Press Release

US News and World Report Highlights MA Using PISA Data

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