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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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Assessment News in Brief PISA Working Toward Exam to Gauge Creative Thinking—Built by ACT
When teenagers worldwide take PISA in 2021, they could face a new kind of test—one that aims to measure their creativity. And the maker of a major U.S. college admissions exam, ACT Inc., would build it.
Catherine Gewertz, September 25, 2018
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Assessment Opinion NAEP vs. PISA? Hands down, It's PISA
PISA's collection of background data provides policymakers critical insights beyond just student performance. Marc Tucker makes the case that NAEP should collect similar information.
Marc Tucker, December 7, 2017
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Student Well-Being U.S. Students Work Better in Teams, New PISA Test Finds
U.S. teenagers outperform their math, reading, and science skills when it comes to collaborative problems, a new study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 22, 2017
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School & District Management Opinion Has the United States Been 'Sleepwalking Through History' or Not?
Marc Tucker responds to critics of his argument that the U.S. has been sleepwalking in its approach to improving education compared to other countries.
Marc Tucker, October 12, 2017
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School & District Management Opinion Germany Rapidly Improved Their Schools and We Didn't—Why?
After disappointing PISA results in 2000, Marc Tucker looks at why Germany reacted with system-wide reform while the United States responded with complacency.
Marc Tucker, October 4, 2017
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Curriculum Higher-Income Teenagers Are More Financially Literate, Global Test Finds
The second-ever international assessment for financial literacy finds U.S. students are about average.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, May 24, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Immigration and Education Are Necessary to Build a Strong Workforce
Marc Tucker discusses why immigration and education are essential components for building a highly skilled workforce.
Marc Tucker, May 18, 2017
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Assessment Opinion How Massachusetts Built a World-Class School System
Marc Tucker takes an inside look at how Massachusetts built an education system that ranks near the top of the PISA league tables and where it goes from here.
Marc Tucker, December 22, 2016
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International PISA: U.S. Students Interested in STEM, but Scores Are Stagnant
American students' scores in math and reading on the Program for International Assessment have not improved since 2009, and math scores have gone down.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, December 7, 2016
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School & District Management PISA Provides Peek at How Attendance, School Climate May Affect Achievement
The newest results on the international PISA test show how factors like attendance and school climate correlate with academic achievement.
Evie Blad, December 6, 2016
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International Opinion The 2015 PISA Results: What Do They Mean?
Marc Tucker explores how the PISA 2015 results may impact how we think about everything from math instruction and teaching quality to our place in the global labor market and immigration policy.
Marc Tucker, December 6, 2016
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School & District Management U.S. Treads Water in PISA Results for Science, Math, Reading
U.S. teenagers have flatlined in international assessments of science and reading, and declined in math.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 6, 2016
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