International Assessments

Learn more about tests, like PISA and TIMSS, taken by students in multiple countries that allow for cross-country comparisons
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International What the Research Says It's Not Just U.S. Students. Civics Scores Have Dropped Around the World
Eighth graders are less engaged and knowledgeable about government than they were before the pandemic, a global study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 28, 2023
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Student Well-Being 'Growth Mindset' Linked to Higher Test Scores, Student Well-Being in Global Study
The first global study of "growth mindset" found both academic benefits and better well-being among students who think intelligence is not fixed.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 9, 2021
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Leadership Opinion My Hope for the New Education Secretary's Agenda
We must rethink our local and national education goals. Global competence is a good place to start, writes TFA founder Wendy Kopp.
Wendy Kopp, January 27, 2021
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International Global Test Finds Digital Divide Reflected in Math, Science Scores
New data from the 2019 Trends in International Math and Science Study show teachers and students lack digital access and support.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 21, 2021
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School & District Management What the Research Says Performance Flat, But Gaps Widen in International Assessments
The United States has gained ground against other countries in a global assessment of teenagers' reading, math, and science skills. That's ironic, though, considering this country has been running in place for years in all three subjects.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 10, 2019
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International U.S. Students Gain Ground Against Global Peers. But That's Not Saying Much
The latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment show American teenagers gaining ground against other nations in reading, math, and science, but it’s not because their performance is improving.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 3, 2019
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Global Test Shows America's Literacy, Numeracy Problems
The 2017 results of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies finds that America's adult workforce is no more skillful in reading, math, or digital problem-solving than it was five years ago.
November 26, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Trauma-Informed Practices: Lessons From New Zealand
Guest blogger Patricia Benitez Hemans shares lessons from New Zealand on how to help students who have experienced trauma.
Patricia Benitez Hemans, June 26, 2019
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Assessment Opinion STEM Education: Lessons From 20 Years of Data
For the first time, guest bloggers share analysis from 20 years of math and science international assessment data.
Ina V.S. Mullis & Michael O. Martin, June 25, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Shaping Diverse Lives
Three lessons to help you integrate culturally responsive teaching into your classroom from guest blogger Doreen Nkala.
Doreen Nkala, June 11, 2019
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International Opinion Four Ways to Bring Community Support to Your School
Guest blogger Christine Powell shares four strategies she learned in Singapore for community involvement in schools.
Christine Powell, May 30, 2019
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Assessment Opinion Infusing the Japanese Art of Reflection Into U.S. Education
Learning to self-reflect can lead to improvement in practice, says special education teacher and guest blogger Christina Powell.
Christine Powell, April 8, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion Innovate, Iterate, Improve: Lessons From Three Education Systems
Three cities used improvement science to implement new reform measures. Guest blogger Christina Russell shares some lessons learned.
Christina Russell, March 12, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion How Teacher Networks Can Facilitate Deeper Collaboration
Teacher Karen Martin shares the impact of networks on rural teachers and students.
Karen Martin, March 5, 2019
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