No matter how many articles you read on why Shanghai students perform so well, or how Canada integrates and educates its immigrant population better than most of the Western world, you’ll never really get the full story from the data. Sure, the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results have helpful tables and graphs, and even a story or two, but how do these countries really do it?
Barring a trip to Ontario or Poland this winter break, the best way to gain deeper insight into how high performing countries may have found the magic recipe for education success is shown through a new high-quality video series “Strong Performers and Successful Reformers”. The videos were jointly produced by the OECD and the Pearson Foundation to present initiatives around the world that appear to help improve student learningotucomes. The school systems featured in the video series include Ontario, Canada; Shanghai, China; Finland and Poland. These education systems were chosen as examples either for their strong performance in the OECD’s PISA or for their improvement in performance over the past years.
The videos are fun to watch (really!). They provide a unique glimpse into policies as they are experienced in the classrooms of high-performing schools, and help paint a fuller picture of what appears to be driving success in education. No matter what country you’re from, you’ll probably wonder: “why can’t we do that?”
And that’s just the point.
- Watch the full set of country videos here.
- For Ontario, Canada’s video, go here:
- Click here to see more on Shanghai.
- Follow Finland here.
- More on Poland’s programs here.
- See the Report: Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for the United States
- And if you haven’t seen them yet, here are the full PISA results
- Join the discussions and give us your take on these videos