U.S. Education Secretary to Discuss Programme for International Student Assessment Results (PISA) at Newseum Event

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in the PISA Day release event at 10 a.m. at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C. where he will join OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to discuss the implications of the 2012 PISA results for American students and students internationally. In addition to delivering remarks, the two Secretaries will participate in an interview and then a panel discussion led by Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way." The panel discussion will include students who have spent an extended period of time studying in both the United States and in one of the high-performing or rapidly-improving countries identified in the PISA.

The PISA is a triennial international survey coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries, and is conducted in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). PISA aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students, representing more than 70 countries and economies. The 2012 PISA results will focus on mathematics literacy and also provide results for assessments of reading and science literacy.

Note: To register for the event contact Shawnice Hood at [email protected]