Short Sighted: How America’s Lack of Attention to International Education Studies Impedes Improvement
In addition to its lack of participation, the United States also suffers from a lack of attention to the international data that are available. In America, the release of PISA results and other outcome indicators is more likely to be met with indifference than with shock.Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond:
"If you visit Spain or Belgium or Germany or Japan, you can almost go and ask people on the street, and they will know about PISA and international benchmarking," [Schleicher] said. That phenomenon has gone hand-in-hand with increasing interest among national leaders. "We survey the member countries on their education policy priorities [ ] and in the last few years, student performance and international benchmarking has consistently come out at the top."
- Andreas Schleicher, head of the Indicators and Analysis Division, Directorate for Education, OECD.