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ERIC Number: EJ972163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
What Students Really Need to Learn
Munson, Lynne
Educational Leadership, v68 n6 p10-14 Mar 2011
The nonprofit organization Common Core looked at curriculums, standards, and assessments in nine nations that consistently outrank the United States on the Programme for International Assessment (PISA) to see whether differences in countries' PISA scores are due to differences in the content they teach. Findings revealed that top-performing nations share a dedication to providing their students with a comprehensive education across the liberal arts and sciences whereas U.S. students spend countless hours preparing to take tests of their basic reading and math skills. The author concludes that no nation that scores competitively on the PISA exam puts skills before content or focuses chiefly on reading and math. The United States should make a point of learning from the education practices of high-performing nations. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment