Comparing us to Finland: an open letter from two union presidents
Today, December 3, people across the United States are once again asking: ‘Why is a country the size of the state of New Mexico beating the United States in the academic performance of its students?’
They’ll be talking about the Program for International Student Assessments or PISA, a study released every three years by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which will probably generate an array of stories that look simply at the topline rankings and show how students in Finland, a small country, once again outperform those in the United States.
NEARI President Larry Purtill
"Today’s report and results emphasize that the achievement gap continues to exist and that state and federal resources must be put where they are needed: early childhood and pre-school education, economically challenged school districts, and technology upgrades. We must maintain strong teacher prep programs and work to attract teachers who will offer long-term commitments to poor urban and rural school districts throughout RI and the nation."
NEARI Members: Are you active in your local and interested in making it stronger? We have a program for that.