- A new report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, provider of the international PISA exam, standardized testing the United States' greatest education "innovation."
- The report, “Measuring Innovation in Education," sets out to measure "innovation" in the classroom, but computers and technology are notably never mentioned.
- Many of the greatest innovations in Asian countries deal with peer evaluations of teachers in schools.
Looking at innovations around the world, the United States appears to be alone in its adamant push for standardized tests and assessments. Valerie Strauss, who wrote about the findings on her Washington Post blog "The Answer Sheet," delivers the real kicker when she explains how Shanghai — the top performer on the last two PISA exams — is considering dropping out of the OECD because it wants to de-emphasize test-taking.