Bob Wise Calls on U.S. Dept. of Education to Re-Administer International Reading Test to U.S. Students
In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the reading test results of American students on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have been invalidated, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, has sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences. He urges them to work together to re-administer the reading section “so that 15-year-old U.S. students’ reading performance can truly be compared to their counterparts’ around the world.”
In his letter, Gov. Wise observes that “having the most recent PISA reading performance data would permit policymakers and educators to evaluate efforts in the United States and in countries throughout the world much more thoroughly to determine what is, and is not, working to improve reading performance.” He also notes that “without the reading results, our understanding of the nation’s ability to remain economically competitive in an increasingly global economy will be considerably diminished.”
The full text of Gov. Wise’s letter is available here.
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