It’s not just a PIS-A cake

Unfortunately, when people want to “prove” that Finnish students are doing better than their counterparts (which in many senses, I believe they are) all they have available is PISA scores from the OECD.

When I was 15, I was actually one of the student participants in the 2006 study. I remember they tested us on science, math, and reading comprehension. By themselves, these aren’t exactly bad things to measure, but they leave much to be desired. They do not give a comprehensive picture of how well our students are succeeding.

I believe we need more, better, and more well-rounded ways to compare our educational systems the world over. No one test can do all of that, so we need to have a multitude of tests that serve as checks and balances for one another.

Do any of you feel the same way? Do any of you know of any other international studies which have compared students from one country to another?