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Benchmark U.S. Educational Efforts

  •  December 2010:  USOECD works with the White House to place OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) data on the U.S. "Data.Gov" website.  Now teachers, students and parents have access to the PISA data.  

    OECD benchmarking helps countries improve competitiveness by improving education and investing in science and innovation rather than through protectionism and subsidies.  PISA information allows the United States to benchmark its students against comparator countries. 
  •  April 2010:  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asks the OECD to analyze the policies and practices of high performing and rapidly improving education systems.  In December 2010, The OECD delivers to him "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers: Lessons from PISA for the United States," a 260 page report which provides insights and best practices for the United States from leading education systems in more than 10 countries.
  • December 2010:  Ambassador Kornbluh joins Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria to launch the results of PISA 2009, which measures what 15 year old students in 65 countries know and can do in reading, science and math.  The assessment places the United States 17th in reading, 23rd in science, and a dismal 31st in Math competencies.  Secretary Duncan urges the nation to see the PISA results "as a wakeup call," and echoes President Obama's warning that those nations that "out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow." 
  • December 2010:  The OECD publishes "The Paso del Norte Region, Mexico and the United States."  The review outlines specific ways that local higher education institutions can support the region's economic, social and cultural development.
  • March 2011:  The Department of Education, in partnership with the OECD, convenes an International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York to bring together Ministers of Education and national teachers-union leaders from more than 20 countries.  The purpose of the Summit is to identify and share the world's best practices in recruiting, preparing, supporting, developing, evaluating, compensating, and retaining teachers, and move toward more progressive union relationships.