A different point of view on PISA

This is taken from Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, but makes some interesting points:

Simply put, the highest-achieving countries in the world out-prepare, out-invest, out-respect and, as a result, outperform the United States.The top-performing countries on PISA — Finland, Singapore and South Korea — place a heavy emphasis on teacher preparation, mentoring and collaboration. They de-emphasize standardized tests, and each has a well-rounded curriculum that teachers can tailor. The top-performing countries provide a more equitable education for all students and offset the effects of poverty through wraparound services that support students and their families.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randi-weingarten/scaling-up-success_b_799258.html