Vietnam’s impressive results in the 2012 Program for International Student Assesment (PISA) became a big surprise following their publication last December. Vietnam ranked 17 among the 61 participating countries and its Mathematics score was 511, which is higher than the 494 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries average. This is particularly … [Lee más...] about The Big Surprise: Vietnam
Good high school students usually go on to be good college students. But the relationship isn’t perfect. Just being academically prepared isn’t good enough. Research has shown that some kids who persist in college are not necessarily the ones who excelled in high school. Those who persist are resilient, socially agile and emotionally secure – they can pick up and move … [Lee más...] about The Nitty Gritty of Grit
by Patrícia Fortunato* For more information about the PISA results of participating Latin American countries, click here. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) just released the results of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial test that evaluates the abilities and competencies of 15-years-old students … [Lee más...] about How can Brazil Improve its Performance in PISA?
I just saw "Race to Nowhere," a documentary that is being widely discussed in the United States. This documentary was produced by a mother, Vicki Abeles, about the stress that school was causing her twelve-year-old daughter. The film is a critique of the "wave" of educational accountability sweeping the United States and which is manifested in the use—indiscriminate use, say … [Lee más...] about Standardized tests: a race to nowhere?