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U.S. Schools To See How They Stack Up Globally in New Pilot

By Erik W. Robelen — May 04, 2012 1 min read
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About 100 U.S. high schools will soon find out how their students measure up compared with their peers across the globe.

The schools are taking part in a new pilot program to test the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science on an exam based on PISA, the high-profile international assessment, as I explain in a new EdWeek story.

Each participating school will get a report with a variety of information about its performance, plus comparative tables to put student achievement in context. Organizers and participants say the pilot offers a chance for individual schools to compare their achievement levels globally on an assessment intended to measure higher-order thinking skills. They also emphasize that the pilot is intended to help schools take away valuable lessons to improve instruction.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.