“The release of the PISA data is the start to an ongoing initiative that will look beyond international rankings to learn how to improve education in the United States,” says Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
WASHINGTON, DC — 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.
A new website launched today, PISADay.org, will include the 2012 PISA findings when they are released on December 3. The website includes resources related to PISA and forthcoming details on the upcoming national digital event. It will also include a series of papers to be released with the data.
“The Alliance is excited to work with its partners and the U.S. Department of Education 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.”
“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,” said Wise.
The national digital PISA Day event will be streamed live at PISADay.org. The event will open with a morning session hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, during which Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria will make remarks on the PISA results.
The afternoon session will feature a presentation on the PISA results by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Adviser on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the OECD. Representatives from the Alliance’s partner organizations will comment on the findings and highlight important lessons from them for U.S. policymakers and educators.
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.
Visit PISADay.org for more information.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org.
Save the date for Digital Learning Day 2014: February 5.