Pasi Sahlberg Blog

Finnish education reform

Why gender equality matters in school reform

Finland has come to be known as a nation where educational quality, equity, and productivity exist simultaneously.  Those interested in understanding how the Finns have managed to achieve this level of educational performance often point to good teachers, rigorous curricula, and small class sizes. Indeed, some believe that there is a set of such factors that make education systems work well. Then there are those who claim that…

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PISA+TIMSS+PIRLS = GERM?

Published originally in the Diane Ravitch Blog on 14 December 2012 This week educators around the world got a new opportunity to benchmark their students’ performance to their international competitors when The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) released the results of TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study) mathematics and science of 63 countries and PIRLS (Progress in Reading…

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