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PISA Day: Global Lessons for the U.S. Education System and Economy

On December 7, 2016 the Alliance for Excellent Education held a Day-Long Digital Event on

PISA Day: Global Lessons for the U.S. Education System and Economy

The Alliance for Excellent Education presented sessions on 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 worldwide—as well as a series of panel discussions on important lessons to learn from PISA 2015 and PISA’s impact on the education systems of various countries, including the United States.

An agenda for the day, including a list of speakers, follows below:

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (ET)
PISA 2015: Global Lessons for the U.S. Education System and Economy

Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills and special advisor on education policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), presented a detailed analysis of the newly released PISA results and lessons learned from deeper learning applications in high-performing nations.

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the
Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Supplemental Materials:

Andreas Schleicher’s PowerPoint Presentation




12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
The Economic Impact of Education Through the Lens of PISA

Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, presented research showing how small improvements in students’ educational performance can have large impact on a nation’s economy. Linda Rosen, chief executive officer of Change the Equation, discussed the business community’s interest in and work to improve student outcomes, particularly as they relate to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Eric Hanushek, PhD, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Eric Hanushek’s PowerPoint Presentation
Linda Rosen, PhD, Chief Executive Office, Change the Equation
Linda Rosen’s PowerPoint Presentation
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education




1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Using PISA for School and District Improvement: The OECD Test for Schools

The OECD Test for Schools is an annual, school-based version of PISA, that provides individual schools with information on how their fifteen-year-olds stack up against countries worldwide in reading, mathematics, and science. During this session, a panel of educators described how they use the OECD Test for Schools to drive improvement in their schools and districts.

Tiffany Huitt, Principal, School of Science and Engineering, Dallas Independent School District
Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman, America Achieves (moderator)
Jon Schnur’s PowerPoint Presentation
Jennifer Shepard, PhD, Science Teacher, Glenelg High School, Howard County (MD) Public School System
Al Taylor, Principal, Berkmar High School, Gwinnett County (GA) Public Schools




3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Implications of PISA for Policy and Practice

This panel examined key policy takeaways from the 2015 PISA results, reviewed strategies to increase the global competitiveness of American students, and previewed opportunities and challenges in regard to the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the incoming Trump administration.

Mitchell D. Chester, PhD, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education
Robert Rothman, Senior Editor, National Center on Education and the Economy
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, EdD, Vice President of Policy to Practice, Alliance for Excellent Education

Panelists addressed questions from the online audience.

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at .




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