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ERIC Number: EJ805520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1025-1936
What Can We Say about the Quality and Equality of Educational Systems from the First Cycle of the PISA?
Willms, J. Douglas
Education Journal, v31 n2 p161-175 2003
How can we help all children learn what they need to know to prepare for the future? In every country/region that is participating in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a study of the literacy skills of 15-year-old youth, there is a huge gap between the best and worst performing students. This shows the need for parents, educators, administrators, and policy-makers to direct their efforts toward leveling the playing field. This article examines variation among countries/regions and schools in their reading performance, with particular attention to the remarkable success of students in Hong Kong. It also suggests ways to narrow the gap and raise the learning bar for all.
Chinese University of Hong Kong. Room 204 Ho Tim Building, Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong. Tel: 852-2609-6999; Fax: 852-2603-6850; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment