The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development comprises thirty-four countries and stimulates economic progress and trade; its Directorate for Education and Skills administers the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), one of the best measures of deeper learning. The group will refine the PISA-based Test for Schools by shifting to computer delivery to lower costs, adding a problem-solving component, developing protocols for reporting on district-level performance, and establishing an international data processing unit. A valid, easily deployed deeper learning assessment could influence the trajectory of state standardized tests, helping ensure that significant numbers of students are measured on deeper learning outcomes.
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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.