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Comparative Study of Learning Systems in Top-Performing Jurisdictions

NCEE is conducting a major international comparative study of learning systems in British Columbia, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, and South Korea to understand how and why these jurisdictions are reshaping their learning systems to prepare students for a VUCA world and highlight policy lessons drawn from their experiences. Learning systems include the goals, standards, curriculum, assessment, qualifications, and supports for students to learn and for teachers to teach in primary and secondary education. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is partnering with NCEE to do this work.

This study focuses on: 

  • how and why these jurisdictions achieved high-performance; 
  • how these same systems are adapting and redesigning for the future; and
  • whether the strategies and features that make these jurisdictions high-performing today will serve them well in the future.

The study will produce jurisdiction case studies, a cross-case analysis that identifies common features and directions for the future, and policy briefs.

The Principal Investigator for the study will be Geoff Masters, Chief Executive of ACER. He is leading a team of jurisdiction-based researchers who are developing jurisdiction case studies. The study is guided by an international advisory group, including: Peter Hill, Advisor, Assessment and Research Center, University of Melbourne; Lin Goodwin, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Hong Kong; James Pellegrino, Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Illinois-Chicago; Kai-Ming Cheng, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Hong Kong; Barry McGaw, Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne; Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy, OECD; and Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education, Asia Society.