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ANOTHER SLICE OF PISA: Alliance’s “PISA Day” Coverage Draws More than 70,000 Individuals Worldwide; Archived Video Available

PISA Day looked beyond the international rankings to the lessons that can be learned from PISA.

Vol13No23PISAOn December 3, 2013, the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners hosted PISA Day to explore the latest results from the 2012 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 sixty-five countries worldwide by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

While many focused on where American fifteen-year-olds ranked in reading (seventeenth), science (twentieth), and mathematics (twenty-seventh) among the thirty-four countries of the OECD, PISA Day looked beyond the international rankings to the lessons that can be learned from PISA. PISA Day activities included:

  • an official announcement by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria of the international results of the PISA with discussions of implications for U.S. education policy;
  • a panel discussion with foreign exchange high school students moderated by Amanda Ripley, author of the bestselling The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way; and
  • discussions with national education leaders on the implications of the PISA results for policy, teaching, and economic growth.

More than 70,000 individuals watched the live video stream of PISA Day—part of which was used by NBC Nightly News in its report on the PISA results, “U.S. Teens Lag in Global Education Rankings as Asian Countries Rise to the Top.” If you missed any of PISA Day, archived video, which includes Mr. Schleicher’s PowerPoint, is available at

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