On December 3, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release the latest 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 sixty-five countries worldwide. In conjunction with the release of the PISA scores and the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of the U.S. results, the Alliance for Excellent Education, along with nine national education organizations, will host an extensive digital event that examines the results and their lessons for U.S. education policy.
The digital event will be streamed live at http://PISADay.org and will include
- 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 presentation by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the OECD, containing in-depth findings from the report, including how the United States performed;
- the first public release of new reports related to United States’s performance on the PISA, and the connections to college- and career-ready standards and deeper learning competencies;
- interviews with global education leaders; and
- reactions to and lessons learned from the results presented by the ten host national education organizations.
“The Alliance is excited to work with its partners, the U.S. Department of Education, and the OECD to host a first-of-its-kind PISA Day, an event that will bring together leading education thinkers, researchers, educators, and students to discuss improving teaching and learning,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “PISA Day is the start to an ongoing initiative that will look beyond the international rankings to learn how to improve assessments and education in the United States.”
The Alliance is partnering with Achieve, ACT, America Achieves, Asia Society, Business Roundtable, College Board, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and National Center on Education and the Economy to host the digital event on December 3.
“Often, the focus of the PISA data is on where the United States falls in the international rankings. On December 3, we will look beyond the rankings to examine what we can learn from high-performing nations, particularly on the use of assessments that measure deeper learning,” said Wise. “With every state now adopting college- and career-ready standards, the United States can learn from the PISA data how top-performing nations use high-quality assessments to boost student learning outcomes.”
Visit http://PISADay.org to register and ensure access to live video from the digital event, as well as to receive the latest updates and information. Also follow the action on Twitter using #OECDPISA.