U.S. schools are below average in innovation, according to an international report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Denmark, Indonesia and high-scoring South Korea are the most innovative, according to the study.
“Innovation led to improved math scores for eighth-graders, a narrowing of the achievement gap and happier teachers,” researchers concluded.
U.S. innovation centered around more use of test data, external evaluation of secondary school classrooms and parental involvement, the report found.
Teaching innovations included requiring secondary science students to explain and elaborate on their answers and to observe and describe natural phenomena.
Primary teachers offered more individualized reading instruction and were more likely to ask students to interpret texts and explain their math answers.
Math and science teachers were more likely to ask students to relate what they’d learned in class to their daily life.
Poland have moved into the top ranks in school performance, writes Marc Tucker. He looks at what changed in Poland, which now outscores the U.S.