What We’re Watching: Online Course on Using PISA to Drive Progress

EdPolicy Leaders Online has launched a new online course that will take a close look at PISA data and explore how the data can be used to improve education policymaking in the U.S.

As Andreas Schleicher of OECD explains

Tracking trends over time, PISA allows policy makers to link data on student learning outcomes with data on students’ backgrounds and attitudes towards learning and on key factors that shape their learning, in and outside of school. PISA examines the relationships with low performance, what makes schools successful, including autonomy and accountability, and teacher-student collaboration.

He continues

Understanding PISA results is a first step towards defining ways in which PISA data can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. education system. What then follows is creative thinking about what education leaders, schools, teachers, parents and students themselves can do to support policy actions that ensure every student is equipped with the skills necessary to achieve their full potential and participate in an increasingly interconnected global economy.

The course, “How Do We Stack Up: Using OECD’s PISA to Drive Progress in U.S. Education,” will be available from May 23 to August 15, 2016. Course enrollment is open now.

The course was developed by EdPolicy Leaders Online, a project of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, in collaboration with America Achieves and with editorial contributions from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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