Just for fun and your enjoyment
Finland is not the top in Math, by they are 8th still above the US ranking (31st) by a good amount
And if you can’t quite see the picture, we are sorry. We are currently working on it. Here’s the link to the website http://atruenorthmsteacherblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/educations-hot-above-the-arctic-circle/
These are the PISA World Rankings
Finland = 2nd overall
United States =31st overall (This is out of about 50 countries. Recall that OECD is only 34 countries and that OECD is an organization, not a test)
If you cannot see this image, we are sorry. We are currently working on it but here is the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading
What is the goal of PISA & OECD? The two developments together hope to achieve many things such as: They hope to help government create “better policies for better lives”. They look at test scores and responses and then review the schools, the teachers, the environment, the neighborhood and the curriculum to come out with a comparable analytical number to rate the countries. The thing about PISA is that they emphasize that success is determined by if all economic standings, ethnicities, gender, and groups succeed at similar levels at a high level.
What is OECD: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
What does OCED do? OCED is a group of countries dedicated to changing global development for the better. 34 countries compose OECD and are based off of co-operation and communication.
Which countries compose OECD: countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain,, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States)
What is PISA : Program for International Student Assessment
What does PISA do? PISA tests 15 year olds around the world on Mathematics, Science and Reading. They use 13 different forms of the test and pass them out randomly. The exams are administered every three years and rotate among the three core topics. It assesses eligibility of students, their communities and the schools to create comparable results. The exam is designed to see if students can apply knowledge to real life.