From the social side relationships do matter in education. This video from The Shanker Institute is very intriguing. You can see and read more about it here.
The gender challenge is educational attainment is not new. However, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, are telling us that girls are outperforming boys in educational achievement in 70% of the countires studied. Read here.
“Too many education reforms are failing to measure success or failure in the classroom,” said Andreas Schleicher. The latest OECD report looking at the global trends in education reform, challenges policy makers and implementers of policy that we need to do more to understand the nature and impact of education policies. They say very little is done to follow up once policies have been implemented. Read further here.
The debate on assessment continues with a release of a draft bill by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn to renew the law that outlines two different potential paths to take on the sticky issue of whether to continue with the law's annual, statewide assessments. Option A gives flexibility for how to assess which means opportunities to cater for individual student needs while option B keeps the status quo with assessment language. Read more about the discussion here.
Education policymakers around the world are asking - what lessons can I take from other countries in order to improve performance in my own? Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor of Pearson, tells us in his Introduction to the latest report of The Learning Curve. This site brings together discussions from different countries with different education systems.
An interview with Professor John Hattie with Cassandra Davis on the OECD Education Today blog discusses Hattie's Visible Learning research and the educsation system in Australia. Read more here.
Janet English reports the findings from her research into the Finnish educational system and how she's incorporated these findings into her own teaching practice. Read more here.