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November 01, 2013

Leading Educational Change: International Perspectives

Helen Janc Malone closes the International Perspectives on Education Reform Blog with a call for collective action and a comprehensive approach to educational change.

October 31, 2013

The Finnish Paradox

Pasi Sahlberg explores a central role play has inside and outside the school context as a foundation for positive child development.

October 30, 2013

Tensions and Paradoxes in Singapore's Education System

Pak Tee Ng discusses how two secondary education admission policy changes are raising questions about fair assessments and holistic education. As Ng states, "On one hand, we send signals to broaden the definition of success. On the other hand, we may have inadvertently set up more areas for competition." As he further explains, "education reform is seldom, if ever, merely an education issue. It is deeply entwined with societal culture... The debate is a process of national soul searching about what education really means to us as a society."

October 27, 2013

Whole System Change

Helen Janc Malone introduces the final blog week with a theme "whole system change."

October 25, 2013

Assessment as a Collective Professional Responsibility

Lorna Earl argues for collective professional accountability in the teaching profession, whereby educators feel a sense of moral purpose to make a positive difference in students' lives.

October 24, 2013

From Schooling to Learning in India: How Can We Take Everyone Along?

Rukmini Banerji and Madhav Chavan offer a compelling case for the use of literacy and numeracy assessments as tools to understand progress and gaps in student learning in India.

October 23, 2013

The Price of Standardized Testing in Russia

Elena Lenskaya offers a sobering lesson in the unintended consequences of standardized testing--teaching to the test and learning to the test.

October 22, 2013

It's Not What You Know, It's How You Learn

Patrick Griffin makes a case for 21st century skills as a necessary component in student learning. He argues that technology has fundamentally changed how students learn and interact with information, and that education systems needs to transform to meet the demands of today's society.

October 21, 2013

Using Fair Comparisons to Stimulate School Improvement in Australia

Barry McGaw discusses the implementation of a national curriculum, customized student testing, and an online school assessment tool designed to stimulate system-wide improvement in Australia.

October 20, 2013

Accountability and Assessment Systems

Helen Janc Malone introduces this week's blog theme, "accountability and assessment systems." She writes that at the heart of the current accountability debate is a fundamental question, What is the purpose of all the collected assessment data? Are they an end game or a starting point to educational change? And, should the focus be on external accountability or, should we refocus attention on professional responsibility and internal accountability? How do we have both?

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