Publication: Education Opportunity Network
Dec. 6, 2013
This week’s media extravaganza over the latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, were the latest distraction from what really matters for the nation’s education policy.
As Valerie Strauss put it on her blog at The Washington Post, “The scores … don’t mean much, if anything, but that doesn’t stop people from saying they do.”
Embracing the urge to say something about the “meaning” of PISA to the extreme, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan took the release of the scores as an opportunity to stage PISA Day, a 5-hour (!) media event involving other groups who, as economists at the Economic Policy Institute explain, generally support a political agenda favoring policies that have been branded as “reform.”