AFSA President Diann Woodard Responds to the 2012 PISA Results

WASHINGTON—Today, in response to the 2012 results for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement:

“It is no surprise that the standing of U.S. students has changed little over the last decade. What is more troubling, is that over the last few years we have witnessed a doubling down on unproven education policies that require measuring student achievement largely based on test scores, evaluating educators based on those flawed measurements, and an insufficient investment in all of our nation’s schools. This approach is not the solution to a better education for all students; in fact it is likely to result in continued stagnation, if not a further deterioration of education in the U.S.”

“It is only necessary to take a closer look at some of the highest achieving nations on PISA. These countries invest in all schools, they place the utmost priority on early education, and they highly value their educators.”

“We will not meaningfully improve education in the U.S. until we recognize that poverty is the biggest obstacle facing many children. Tinkering around with unproven education policies will not help a child who arrives at school hungry, or must leave school to work so his or her family can afford to put food on the table.”

“Secretary Duncan rightly said today that education is the great equalizer and we must close the opportunity gap. We could not agree more, and hope education policies moving forward will help to achieve that goal.”

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