Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

For A Pilot Test Of PISA For Schools In The United States

  • Amount
    $600,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    8/1/2011
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) administers tests to fifteen-year-olds in countries around the world every three years. In 2010, we gave OECD funding to design a similar assessment, called PISA for Schools, to be administered at the school, district, and network levels. This grant would fund a pilot of that exam in 100 schools in the United States. The aim is to validate the plan for managing services, costs, and reporting as well as to improve the test’s long-term relevance and viability by getting feedback from users. Other likely funders are Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Kern Family Foundation.
About the Grantee
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www.oecd.org 
Address
2, rue André-Pascal Cedex 16, Paris, 75775, France
Grants to this Grantee
for refinement and global scale-up of the PISA-based Test for Schools  
OECD proposes to advance the PISA-Based Test for Schools pilot through refinements that include shifting to computer delivery of the test and laying the groundwork for its worldwide expansion. Australia, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom/England, and Hong Kong/China have expressed interest in adopting the assessment.
for researching the evidence base on open educational resources  
OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation conducts educational research, with an emphasis on emerging trends and issues. The proposed study aims to explore OER’s economic, social, and educational benefits and stimulate an international policy dialogue on OER.
for an analytical report on the results of the 2012 PISA test in the United States  
OECD will publish results from the 2012 round of its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) this December. The report covers all 65 countries participating in the study and will show international trends. This proposal is to produce an analytical report specifically focused on the United States, to be released on the same day as the PISA international report. The U.S. report would provide a descriptive analysis of U.S. performance in math, reading, and science compared with other participating countries. It would then provide a deeper analysis of math performance by looking into the categories in which U.S. 15-year-old students perform comparatively well and those where they compare less well, in relation to performance patterns in high-performing education systems around the world. Finally, the report would seek to draw conclusions from the analysis that can help inform priorities for the teaching and learning of math in U.S. schools and relate these to the Common Core Standards. Publishing the report at the same time as the PISA international report will help maximize the impact of the findings for the United States and inform the national debate on raising standards in U.S. schools.

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