Assessment matters. Many of the countries that rank as world class on K12 international benchmarking, have instituted comprehensive, balanced assessment and accountability systems that have served as catalysts in their educational transformations into top performers. A closer look reveals that different assessment strategies, at different stages of their trajectory were necessary in order to attain world-class status.
Nations and states across the globe are recognizing that education is key to economic competitiveness and a high standard of living in today’s knowledge economy. Their ticket to global competitiveness is integrally linked to the intellectual capital of their citizenry – a natural resource that every country can develop. [read more…]