Is there a good reason Schleicher could be pumping and pimping for Pearson's new goldmine, the Common Core? From the Pearson site:
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announces that it has been chosen by the OECD to develop the frameworks for the OECD’s landmark PISA educational assessment in 2015.
The PISA assessment is widely recognised as the benchmark for measuring the improvement of education systems worldwide. 74 countries/economies participated in the 2009 test.
In 2015, PISA’s main focus will be testing the scientific literacy of students around the world. The test will feature significant new elements:
• A new Collaborative Problem Solving assessment will be added, in recognition of the ways young people will have to learn and work throughout their lives. Pearson will develop this new domain for PISA
• Greater use of computer-based testing
Pearson will also provide advice to the PISA study on the benefits, opportunities and implications of implementing computer adaptive testing for PISA in future. . . .
What do they say--small world? The PBS text is below.