Category Archives: Testing

2012 PISA Results

Source: OECD website, Dec 2013 Advertisements

Continue reading

SG Student Tuition

Source: EdVantage, Dec 2013 SINGAPORE – Secondary 3 student Erica Lee, 15, spent the first week of her year-end school holidays back in school – for extra lessons, including in mathematics. This was on top of the mathematics lessons she attended during regular school hours – at least 50 minutes – almost every day. She …

Continue reading

2012 PISA Scores

Source: Business Insider, Dec 2013

Continue reading

Standardized Testing

Source: USA Today, Oct 2013 In an American society that values originality and creativity, it makes no sense to subject millions of students to “one size fits all” testing that inspires uniform skills and conformity. Culturally speaking, I also understand why standardized tests might be popular in societies that value conformity, such as Japan. But conformity …

Continue reading

Florida’s 2011 TIMMS Results

Source: NCES, Oct 2013   Related Sun-Sentinel story, Oct 2013 On the math exam, for example, Massachusetts’ eighth-graders posted an average score of 561, compared with an international average of 500 and a U.S. average of 509. The New England state was ranked sixth in the world, but its score was still well below top-ranked …

Continue reading

International tests show achievement gaps in all countries, with big gains for U.S. disadvantaged students

Source: EPI website, Jan 2013 The first study of which we are aware to compare the performance of socioeconomically similar students across nations.   … a careful analysis of the PISA database shows that the achievement gap between disadvantaged and advantaged children is actually smaller in the United States than it is in similar countries. The …

Continue reading

Preparing for the Common Core

Source: NYTimes, Aug 2013 Last year Kentucky became the first state to give new math and reading tests based on the Common Core, and as in New York, the levels of students deemed proficient fell sharply compared with a year earlier. Supporters of the new standards say critics are too impatient. “It’s going to take …

Continue reading

2015 PISA Assessment includes Collaborative Problem Solving

Source: OECD website, Mar 2013 (detailed write-up)  

Continue reading

Top-Ranked FL and Orange County Public Schools

Source: US News, Apr 2013 Related Reading: Orlando Sentinel, May 2013 Although the variation in the lists shows that there are a number of ways to assess high school quality, Orange County School Board chairman Bill Sublette has pushed the district to consider a tactic to get on the lists. He has suggested that Orange …

Continue reading

San Jose State University Delves into Blended Learning

Source: Yahoo news website, Apr 2013 During SJSU’s fall 2012 EE98 Introduction to Circuits Analysis course, SJSU Lecturer Khosrow Ghadiri used the MITx 6.002x Circuits and Electronics materials on the edX platform. His class, comprised of 87 students, viewed the MITx video lectures and completed MITx problem sets outside of class. During class, Ghadiri facilitated 15 minutes of questions …

Continue reading