A very interesting article by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post about education in Finland. Finland always gets "high marks" in the PISA reports in the three core subject tested: mathematics, reading and science. The article shows light about the way education is organized in Finland and gives answers to explain their excellent results. To me a key statement in the article is: Finnish students can get a good education in virtually any school in the nation. If this is true, and apparently it is, it speaks loudly about the quality and consistency of the educational system in Finland. By the way, an educational system which is almost trilingual, Finnish, Swedish, English and this fact doesn't lower students' achievement levels in the core subjects, on the contrary.
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More information about the PISA, Program for International Student Assessment, exams.