Sep 23 / Simcha

Learning Without Grades or Standardized Tests

Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School. Photo: Stuart Conway, Smithsonian Magazine, Sept. 2011

Finland’s educational system began a process of transformation some 40 years ago that has turned it into one of the most successful in the world.  According to a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine (Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? by Conway & Hancock), this  became evident in 2000, from the first results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year-olds in more than 40 global venues.

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