Finns aren’t satisfied with math scores

Despite acing the PISA tests in math, the Finns aren’t satisfied, reports Flypaper. Finnish mathematicians think the test is poorly designed (pdf).

[O]ne has to consider the possibility that the first place in the PISA study is a Pyrrhic victory: are the Finnish basic schools stressing too much numerical problems of the type emphasized in the PISA study, and are other countries, instead, stressing algebra, thus guaranteeing a better foundation for mathematical studies in upper secondary schools and in  universities and polytechnics.

PISA measures the ability to answer simple problems, the mathematicians conclude.  That’s not good enough.

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