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The Many Facets of PISA

by David C. Berliner
This article discusses four facets of the PISA program: (a) the issue of the comparability of the cognitions elicited by items across national and linguistic cultures, (b) the association of PISA with economic outcomes for nations, (c) the search in PISA data for universally applicable instructional techniques, and (d) the differences in cross-national attitudes toward the PISA subjects and how those affect test scores.
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Complexity of Illustrations in PISA 2009 Science Items and Its Relationship to the Performance of Students from Shanghai-China, the United States, and Mexico

by Guillermo Solano-Flores & Chao Wang
The authors of this article investigate the relationship between illustration complexity and the difficulty of PISA 2009 science items in the United States, Mexico, and China. They discuss the implications of their findings for systematically developing PISA science illustrated items.
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Killing the Model Minority Stereotype: Asian American Counterstories and Complicity

by Nicholas D. Hartlep & Bradley J. Porfilio (Eds.)
reviewed by Yoon Pak


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Mentoring in Formal and Informal Contexts

by Kathy Peno, Elaine M. Silva Mangiante, & Rita A. Kenahan (Eds.)
reviewed by Dave A. Louis


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Dumb Ideas Won't Create Smart Kids: Straight Talk About Bad School Reform, Good Teaching, and Better Learning

by Eric M. Haas, Gustavo E. Fischmann, & Joe Brewer
reviewed by Barbara Cozza & Rong Hu


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Proud To Be Different: Ethnocentric Niche Charter Schools in America

by Robert A. Fox & Nina K. Buchanan (Eds.)
reviewed by Terrenda White & Brian A. Lightfoot


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Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Better at Getting Better

by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, & Paul G. LeMahieu
reviewed by Elizabeth B. Kozleski & Liz Meitl



Education researcher Chezare A. Warren discusses his co-edited TC Record special issue, Erasing the Deficits: My Brother's Keeper and Contemporary Perspectives on Black Male School Achievement. Watch and discuss this episode of The Voice on Vialogues.

Commentary

Pushing Back Against Teacher Attrition

by Rachel Klein
Drawing on induction programs for insight into what helps novice teachers navigate the precarious first years of teaching and remain in the profession, and utilizing respondent-driven survey data, this commentary argues that including the induction support of mentorship in teacher preparation models would increase teacher retention.
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TCR Yearbooks - Call for Proposals

by Gary Natriello
The editors of the Teachers College Record announce a call for proposals for future TCR Yearbooks.


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