International Benchmarking Resources

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A collection of resources on international benchmarking.

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Read the report from the 2019 International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which focused on the future of teaching and learning.
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Read the report from the 2018 International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which focused on new challenges and opportunities for educators in public education.
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The 2017 International Summit on the Teaching Profession focused on sustainable excellence and equity in learning.
Japanese education official Kan Suzuki discusses the challenges of preparing Japanese students for a rapidly changing world.
“The good news is inequality is diminishing. ... The bad news is the remaining inequality makes much more of a difference for people.”
Educational psychologist Kit-Tai Hau discusses how China can bridge the rural-urban education divide, and where global competence falls amid a tough political environment.
Professor Lee Sing Kong discusses what his country is doing to develop "globally competent" students, and why a tide of nationalism cannot win.
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How can we create the conditions to achieve quality teaching for excellent and equitable learning outcomes? The 2016 International Summit on the Teaching Profession looked to answer this question.
Worldwide, there is a mismatch between the skills needed for open positions in the labor market and those of available workers. Vivien Stewart shares what the world's largest education system is doing to raise the quality of its workforce.
Vietnamese students surprised the world with their 2012 PISA results. Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing, a former OECD analyst who writes and consults on global education, offers observations based on her recent work in Vietnam.
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How does education move from dialogue to action in the context of complex systems and multiple political, economic, and social imperatives? A new report offers recommendations.
Shanghai's “Four Traditionals” and “Eight Moderns” which the U.S. education system could adapt.
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How can education systems achieve both excellence and equity? A new report offers recommendations.
A new report on how to measure creativity, collaboration, and other 21st century competencies.
Is Shanghai a model of educational equity, as the OECD international school rankings suggest?
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Teachers are nation builders. How do we know they are effective—and how can we support them?
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond shares her study on how highly successful school systems build an excellent teaching force.
A look at how other nations beat out American schools.

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Challenges Remain
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
Lessons Learned About Building Teaching Quality
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
Strengths of High-Performing School Systems
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
Do We Need a Global Approach to Education?
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Watch: experts assess validity of the PISA scores worldwide.
Making the Grade in Global Education (Complete)
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Asia Society's Tony Jackson joins Wendy Kopp, Susan Fuhrman, and Andrea Pasinetti for a discussion of innovation and equity in global education.
Best Practices from the Best School Systems
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What can American schools learn from high-performing Asian school systems?
Advice from Asia: Invest in Teachers
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NEW YORK, March 16, 2011—Education ministers from the world's best school systems gather at Asia Society to share best practices. (Complete program, 67 min. 7 sec.)

PISA Chief Explains International School Rankings
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Andreas Schleicher explains what the school rankings reveal, and what policymakers around the world can learn. (59 min., 4 sec.)

Singapore's Education Reforms
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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 —What makes Singapore's schools so good? Ho Peng shares her insights. (22 min., 41 sec.)

An Agenda of Equity and Excellence
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Australia's efforts to extend high academic performance to all students. (18 min., 7 sec.)

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Ingredients of the World's Best Education System
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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 — Listen in as Pasi Sahlberg describes how Finland created the highest-ranking education system in the world. (22 min., 21 sec.)

China's Reforms in the Coming Decade
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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 — Citing the need to shift China from a nation with large human resources to a nation with strong human resources, Wang Dinghua lays out a ten-year plan to reform schools. (25 min., 11 sec.)