Drivers of student performance: insights from North America

Policy makers, educators, and parents across North America want to raise a generation of students who can thrive amid the relentless change wrought by technology and globalization. Yet improving educational outcomes has proved elusive. Some countries, states, and municipalities have made great strides, but many continue to struggle. Educators continue to debate what matters and what works. In this report, we take a data-driven approach to consider a few of the most active debates in North America today: around mindsets, teaching practices, the length of the school day, and early childhood education. Our data comes from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since 2000, the OECD has regularly tested 15-year-olds around the world on mathematics, reading, and science. The most recent assessment in 2015 covered more than half a million students across 72 countries including nearly 30,000 students in North America.

author
Byrant, Jake
Dorn, Emma
Krawitz, Marc
Kihn, Paul
Mourshed, Mona
Sarakatsannis, Jimmy
series
How to improve student educational outcomes: new insights from data analytics
language
ENG
Institutions
McKinsey and Company
date
2017
Pages
58 p.
regions
Americas and the Caribbean
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themes
Cross-national studies
Educational research
Teaching-learning strategies
School calendars
Child development
Pays
Canada
USA
levels
Secondary education

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