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ERIC Number: EJ943652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Is the Sky the Limit to Education Improvement?
Schleicher, Andreas
Phi Delta Kappan, v93 n2 p58-63 Oct 2011
International educational benchmarks make disappointing reading for Americans, but they also indicate a way forward. PISA results show strong performance is possible. Whether in Japan, Korea, Finland or Canada, many countries display strong overall performance and show socioeconomic background doesn't determine results. Some countries show that success can be a consistent and predictable, with very little performance variation across schools. Many countries demonstrate that rapid progress can be achieved in less than a decade. The most advanced systems have made teaching a profession of high-level knowledge workers, and that--not higher salaries--is what makes teaching so attractive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Chile; Finland; Israel; Japan; Poland; Portugal; South Korea; United Kingdom (England); United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment