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The results of the PISA tests will become important to a country’s government for two reasons: they’ve done really well and so can bask in the glory of being a leading nation, or they have under-performed in one, some or all areas and thus need to come up with a complex series of excuses and polices which are going to immediately rectify the deficit that has been revealed.
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I live in the U.S., attended school in the U.S. and England, and do not know as much as I should about international education programs. I'm completely up front about that. I'm guessing many people in the U.S. know about as much as I do (or less!) about international education programs.
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You've probably heard all about the students in China and how they're smarter than, well, all other students around the globe. That was so yesterday. Now the backlash begins. There's plenty of outrage coming from seem...