Understanding and Reporting on Rigor, a guide for journalists by the Hechinger Institute at Teachers’ College, Columbia is out! I was one of the writers on the project and I’d like to thank blog readers who contributed their thoughts on the meaning of rigor. Carol of Bellringers, Darren Miller of Right on the Left Coast and Robert Talbert of Casting Out Nines are quoted on the opening page; Nancy Flanagan of Teacher in a Strange Land has a long quote at the end. I had more teacher quotes — which I loved — that were cut by the editors.
On page 8 of the pdf are sample questions from the international PISA exam, Britain (now and in 1963), Singapore, Massachusetts, California and Washington state. It’s scary.
You can read it online or request a copy by emailing email@example.com.
By the way, Common Core’s report asks: Why do American students do poorly on international math and science exams? Because we aren’t teaching literature, history and the arts, replies Why We’re Behind: What Top Nations Teach Their Students But We Don’t. The report looks at curricula, standards and assessments from nine countries that do well on PISA: : Australia, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, and Switzerland.
Curriculum Matters has more on the difficulty of international comparisons.