Dr. Schmidt and local respondent, Michael Harris, will look at the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) data comparing 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy in several countries. Discussion will focus on what the data does and does not tell us about public education in America.
University Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Curriculum Studies; Co-Director, Education Policy Center, Michigan State University
William Schmidt is a University Distinguished Professor and co-director of the Education Policy Center. He holds faculty appointments in measurement and quantitative methods and the Department of Statistics. His current writing and research concerns issues of academic content in K- 12 schooling, teacher preparation and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He is also concerned with educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). (text from Dr. Schmidt's profile)
Principal, Riverside University High School
Mr. Harris has been in the field of education for the last 16 years, and an administrator for the last 12 years. His last administrative position was at Lake Shore Middle School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District (MTSD) working with sixth through eighth grade students. Before joining the MTSD, he worked in the School District of Menomonee Falls as an administrator at the middle and high school levels. Prior to his work in Menomonee Falls, he served as an assistant principal at Lincoln Center of the Arts, a Milwaukee Public School where he began his career as a mathematics and reading teacher. His professional experience has involved working with a diverse population of students including general education, gifted and talented, bilingual, English Language Learners (ELL), and special education students.