NSBA Center for Public Education Examines Teaching in Finland and the U.S

In the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international standardized survey that tests 15-year-old students in over 70 countries and economies on reading, math, and science, Finland, has long scored among the highest while the United States routinely places about average. “How teachers in the U.S. and Finland see their jobs,” a new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA), Center for Public Education (CPE), finds that while student demographics and cultural aspects in the two countries differ significantly, Finnish practices that include valuing teachers, affording them more autonomy and shorter hours, and relying more upon formative assessments are practices and policies likely to explain some of the differences in overall student achievement.

“Public schools across the United States offer a multitude of programs and services designed to address the unique needs of our increasingly diverse and growing student population,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association, Executive Director & CEO. “While our public schools are achieving outstanding results, there is much more to be done and much to be learned from high performing school districts both within and outside our nation’s borders.”

We invite you to read the press release to learn more.

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