Every three years, the Programme for International Student Assessment, better known
as PISA, evaluates 15 year-old students around the world to determine how well their
education system has prepared them for life after compulsory schooling. Once the results
are published, the media rush to compare their countries’ positions in the international
league tables. Government policy makers, journalists and academic researchers mine
the report to find out how successful education systems elicit the best performance
from their students while making access to high-quality education more equitable.
But sometimes the key messages don’t make it back to the teachers who are preparing
their country’s students every day.Ten Questions for Mathematics Teachers… and How
PISA Can Help Answer Them aims to change that. This report delves into topics such
as, “How much should I encourage my students to be responsible for their own learning
in mathematics?” or “As a mathematics teacher, how important is the relationship I
have with my students?”. It gives teachers timely and relevant data and analyses that
can help them reflect on their teaching strategies and how students learn.