In case you missed it, Tuesday was PISA Day.
With a lot of fanfare, officials released the 2012 scores for perhaps the most closely watched international test, the Programme for International Student Assessment — PISA for short.
For the U.S., the news was that our scores didn’t change much from 2009, the last time the test was given, though we dropped some in the rankings.
Whether that’s a clarion call for change depends on your point of view. Opinions varied, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the reform organization Achieve lamenting the results, while others found them worthless or at least worth a more nuanced look. See author and testing critic Diane Ravitch, and these folks in Education Week and Slate.More