ERIC Number: EJ812691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 2
The Leaning (Toppling?) Tower of PISA
Bracey, Gerald W.
Principal Leadership, v9 n2 p49-51 Oct 2008
One can not help but notice that the education community's professional fear-mongers focus heavily on PISA (Program of International Student Assessment) and rarely mention TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) or PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Study) in their discussion of the state of education in the United States. Why is that? Part of the answer might be that to generate the most fear, one has to use the statistics that make the case best. For the United States, that is PISA, the test on which the United States has its lowest ranks. In this article, U.S. pundits harp on how poorly U.S. students have done on the PISA international assessment, but critics in Europe question the assessment's validity, usefulness, and results.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Performance Based Assessment, Student Evaluation, Politics of Education, Global Approach, Mathematics Achievement, Item Response Theory, Program Effectiveness, Test Reliability, Test Validity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment