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

January 31, 2017

A new case study released today by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy provides superintendents, principals, and teachers with information on how three school systems have used 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.

Statement from Gov. Bob Wise on PISA Results Press Release

December 06, 2016

This morning, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the most recent results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)—a test of reading literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to fifteen-year-olds in the United States and more than seventy countries and economies. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, made the following statement.

American Students Test Well in Problem Solving, but Trail Foreign Counterparts In the News

April 04, 2014

“The good news is that problem solving still remains a relatively strong suit for American students,” said Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy group focused on improving high schools. “The challenge is that a lot of other nations are now developing this and even moving ahead. So where we used to, in an earlier era, dominate in what we called the deeper learning skills — creative thinking, critical thinking and the ability to solve problems — in terms of producing the workers that are increasingly needed in this area, other nations are coming on strong and in some cases surpassing us.”

New International Exam Results Show US Must Back Changes to Help Students Develop Deeper Learning In the News

January 30, 2014

Recent news reports have focused largely on the relatively mediocre showing of U.S. students on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of 15-year-olds in 64 countries, including the United States. The PISA rankings are only the surface story; much more important is PISA’s vast database that shares lessons of high-performing nations that reveal a great deal about what students need to learn—and this information should steer federal and state educational policy going forward.

ACT Linking Study Provides Guidance on International Benchmarking of U.S. College and Career Readiness In the News

December 13, 2013

The latest PISA test results confirm that 15-year-old students in the U.S. still have significant strides to make to catch up with their peers in other economically advanced countries ... Dr. Camara will provide insight into the latest PISA results during the Alliance for Excellent Education’s live streaming PISA Day event today.

Report: U.S. High Schoolers’ Rank Falls Worldwide In the News

December 13, 2013

American high school students have slipped in worldwide rankings of math, science and reading achievement, according to results of international testing released Tuesday by federal education officials ... "They are the skills most in demand in today's global economy. Unfortunately, they are also the skills that far too many U.S. students lack," said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Little Progress for U.S. in International Education Benchmarks In the News

December 13, 2013

The United States’ academic standing in newly released international exams has remained middling at best, prompting heated debate about what is to blame and how to fix the problem ... The Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group that emphasizes improving education for disadvantaged students, argues PISA asks the typical American student to do more than they have to do in standardized tests at the state level.

PISA Results Show ‘Educational Stagnation’ in U.S. In the News

December 13, 2013

U.S. students continue to perform poorly on international tests, with 15-year-olds scoring in the middle of the global pack on the latest math, reading and science tests administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ... “These deeper learning skills… are the skills most in demand in today’s global economy,” said former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “They are also the skills that far too many U.S. students lack.”

What International Education Rankings Don’t Measure In the News

December 13, 2013

Every three years a division of the OECD called the Programme for International Student Assessments, or PISA, tests 15-year-olds around the developed world on math, reading and science ... PISA sent advance results to a select cadre of organizations, such as the Alliance for Excellent Education, known for championing accountability measures.

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