Elizabeth Weise

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We’d have to change a lot to get to Finland’s educational system

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Some interesting points about the Finnish education system, which is consistently lauded as one of the world’s best. It is VERY different from the system we have in the U.S. Specifically:

  • Teachers have no job security, they serve at the pleasure of their principal.
  • There is country-wide school choice.
  • Funding depends on how many students choose a school.
  • Students take a test in 9th grade that determines if they go on to a university preparatory or vocational track for high school and beyond.

The magic of education in Finland

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Photo Credit: Barbara Bruns / World Bank

Anyone working in education is familiar with the story of Finland’s remarkable evolution into one of the world’s top-performing education systems. The country ranked fifth in science and sixth in reading on the 2012 PISA assessment, second on the 2012 PIAAC(the new OECD test of adult literacy) , and is routinely in the top five of practically every other international measure of education quality.  To visitors from standards-and-accountability-heavy countries such as the UK and the US, or from low-performing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Finland’s formula can seem like magic.   All teachers have a Master’s degree. There is no student testing. There are no school inspections or rankings. Students have little homework and teachers work few hours. Teachers are trusted professionals with full autonomy in the classroom.

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Written by Elizabeth Weise

November 11, 2015 at 12:03 am

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