Today the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide study of 15-year-old students' performance on mathematics, science and reading. American students' performance remained largely unchanged from the previous PISA that was administered in 2009, with the U.S. scoring below the OECD average in math and close to the OECD average in science and reading.
Today, seven national organizations representing millions of students, parents, educators and education experts nationwide released "Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child: A Guide for State Policy." The guide provides state lawmakers and education advocates with a blueprint for practical changes to improve one of the most critical factors to support student success in America – teaching quality. The guide recommends policies based on research and state models that have been highly effective in developing and sustaining talented and diverse teaching forces that prepare all students for college, career and life.