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PISA Conference to Explore the Role of International Benchmarking – Dec. 2-3


The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a study which began in 2000. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in participating countries/economies.

Professor Heinz-Dieter Meyer, of the University at Albany has designed a conference slated for Dec. 2-3 that will explore the role of PISA as an international educational benchmarking standard, as well as the reasons which have launched nations like Finland and Singapore to their top positions in the assessments.

The conference will address topics including:

  • The role of international testing in the formation of education policy.
  • An in-depth look at the PISA results: what do the data really show?
  • History, culture, and education: Are there historical or cultural factors that nations like Finland, South Korea, or Singapore—all high scorers in PISA assessments—have in common?
  • Curriculum content and organization, especially in mathematics, science, and reading.
  • The role of teacher training and education governance systems.
  • Lessons and implications for U.S. education policy.


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