New Case Study Examines How Three School Systems Use a Global Benchmark to Improve Teaching and Learning

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released a new case study on how three school systems are using the OECD Test for Schools, an assessment developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to monitor students’ academic outcomes and inform shifts in policy and teacher practice to meet students’ learning needs. Read more

Watch the study come to life in a webinar as two of the school leaders featured in the case study and the author of the study discuss how they used the assessment to drive improvement. Watch the webinar


Latest PISA Results Show American Students Hold Steady in Reading and Science Performance, Slip Significantly in Math

The performance of U.S. fifteen-year-olds in mathematics “fell significantly,” while science and reading performance was little changed since 2012, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA), which were released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Read more



PISA Day: Global Lessons for the U.S. Education System and Economy

Join the Alliance for Excellent Education on December 7 for a series of panel discussions about the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), important lessons to learn from PISA 2015, and PISA’s impact on the education systems of various countries.  Register here



PISA 2015: A Sneak Preview

Join Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, and Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills and special advisor on education policy to the Secretary-General for the OECD, as they discuss the PISA assessment, share sample questions from it, and look ahead to PISA Day, December 6, and the release of the 2015 data. Watch the video.




Ten Questions for Mathematics Teachers …And How PISA Can Help Answer Them
The OECD’s newest report organizes key findings from PISA 2012 and TALIS 2013 into a set of questions focused on factors involved in mathematics achievement around the world and instructional approaches that teachers can use in their classrooms. This webinar focused on those questions and the related strategies that can expose students to deeper learning, through which they can make connections among different mathematical tasks, link their learning to prior knowledge, control their own learning, and identify associations with real-life situations. Watch the video.




leadershipWhat Does Effective School Leadership Look Like in Action?
How do different communities in the United States and around the world approach school leadership? The topic was explored in an Alliance and OECD webinar surrounding OECD’s new report School Leadership for Learning: Insights from TALIS 2013. The conversation also touched on leadership styles, the need to differentiate teacher and leader preparation, the importance of teacher efficacy, and more. Watch the discussion.




Blog Posts

NEW PISA and Digital Literacy

PISA Day LogoThe advent of high-speed internet, mass search engines, and online databases has transformed the ways in which information is presented, requiring students to be digitally literate to take full advantage of the available resources. Read more


Debunking Seven Myths about PISA

pisa-myths-e1479480772770With the release of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results right around the corner, now is a good time to clear up some common misconceptions about the international assessment and what it reveals about education systems across the globe. Who better to do so that PISA Myth-Buster (and Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General for the OECD) Andreas Schleicher, who stopped by the Alliance recently to give a sneak preview of the 2015 PISA. Read more


PISA’s Worldwide Lessons in Equity and Excellence

Resource-related issues offer a framework for approaching educational equity. Policies should reflect the finding that, in the United States, how we allocate and utilize educational resources is as important as how much we spend on them. Read more


Reflections on PISA: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading

In the four years since OECD last administered PISA in 2012, further analyses have shed light on some issues pertinent to the United States, especially with regards to student perseverance, school environments, and financial literacy.
Read More