December 4, 2013

PISA Heat Map more of a PISA Cool Map

The nice people at OpenHeatMap.com provide a free tool for making a "heat map," like this one I made of average overall 2012 PISA scores. Click on the map to enlarge it.

18 comments:

Auntie Analogue said...


A song parody to the tune of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa":


Common PISA, Common PISA, men contrived you.
You're quite like the SAT from days of yore.
Is it only 'cause you're global they have blamed you,
or all the rigging, cheating suspicions galore?

Do you live to tempt a judgment, Common PISA,
or is this your way to honestly compare?
Many pens have completed your test sheets;
some go dry there, yet they vie there.

Are your scores - are they fudged, Common PISA,
or just a bold and lonely, truthful scale at heart?

Common PISA, Common PISA!

songwriter said...

When The Gap hits your eye like a big PISA pie that's a-boring

Flood The Zone said...

Can you provide those of us who don't really care that much about breaking news from the #2 pencil beat a tentative completion date on these posts? Did they already supply you all the PISA breakdown you're going to get, or is there an upcoming series of press releases in January/February we should be warned of?

Anonymous said...

http://www.boston.com/jobs/diversityspring07/articles/2007/04/18/how_asian_indians_experience_america/

Anonymous said...

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/12/lunenburg_cops_mom_misled_investigators_in_racial_slur_probe

'misled'

It's like she accidentally spilled milk.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/science/at-400000-years-oldest-human-dna-yet-found-raises-new-mysteries.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

Anonymous said...

More than 'out of africa' theory, more crucial may be 'out of sub-saharan africa' theory.

and 'out of africa' should be called 'out of north africa'. it wasn't the subsaharians who left but the different race of north africans who were different from blacks.

Titus Didius Tacitus said...

There's nothing on that map that programs of mass immigration from the third world can't fix.

Anonymous said...

So for as long as IQ measurement has been known, there has been about a 1 SD gap between blacks and whites. And this data shows about the same gap. Surprise, surprise!

Power Child said...

Totally OT, but I recently started reading the little Beatrix Potter books with my 11 week-old daughter (she likes looking at the pictures and watching my mouth form the words, and she tries to mimic them). They were books I read/was read when I was very little, too.

While reading them now I gained more appreciation for their cleverness, silliness, and general high level of quality. This includes both the text and illustrations, all of which were created by Potter.

In spite of being essentially children's fantasy, they have a very realistic quality to them also, which got me interested in Potter's background, so I read her Wikipedia page. That turned out to be a trove of iStevishness:

Beatrix Potter was a conservationist who vacationed in Scotland around the same time as the Scottish Renaissance (Darwin/Hutton/Smith/golf). She made contributions to natural science both in the form of research and illustrations (diversity before diversity). She also bred dogs.

Anonymous said...

What is disturbing is

http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2012/pisa2012highlights_3.asp

The USA only has 2.2% of students tested as having level 6 or greater while Shanghai has 30.8.

Level 6 is the highest proficiency level achievable on the PISA.

If we look at the entire united states population, 2.2 percent of 300 million is 6,600,000.

Shanghai has only 22 million people but if we do the same. 30.8 percent of 22 million you get 8,360,000

What this means is that if the United States decided to cheat by making sure only the best and brightest are able to take the PISA. There would simply not be enough best and brightest to reproduce the scores that Shanghai is putting out.

Anonymous said...

and 'out of africa' should be called 'out of north africa'. it wasn't the subsaharians who left but the different race of north africans who were different from blacks.

What we consider "blacks" in Africa actually developed and spread throughout Africa relatively recently with the Bantu expansion. This sub-Saharan black type developed with the rise of farming in West Africa and spread throughout much of Africa during the Bantu expansion. Before this, there were more Bushmen types in Africa. Many Bushmen populations today are admixed with the Bantu.

DoleSlaw said...

"If we look at the entire united states population, 2.2 percent of 300 million is 6,600,000.

Shanghai has only 22 million people but if we do the same. 30.8 percent of 22 million you get 8,360,000

What this means is that if the United States decided to cheat by making sure only the best and brightest are able to take the PISA. There would simply not be enough best and brightest to reproduce the scores that Shanghai is putting out."

What does it mean if Shanghai has already decided to cheat by making sure only the best and brightest take the PISA?

dynkin said...

What this means is that if the United States decided to cheat by making sure only the best and brightest are able to take the PISA. There would simply not be enough best and brightest to reproduce the scores that Shanghai is putting out.

You know that they don't test the entire population, don't you?

Luke Lea said...

@ songwriter - "When The Gap hits your eye like a big PISA pie that's a-boring"

Thank God for human wit!

Anonymous said...

Pat Buchanan's latest column goes iSteve with a discussion on the latest PISA scores, the racial breakdowns, and what it means for America's long term future.

Just as East Asians and Europeans excel in the PISA tests, so, too, do Americans of East Asian and European descent dominate test scores and excel in educational achievement, while our Hispanic and African-American students trail.

At top universities like Berkeley, Stanford and in the Ivy League, too, Asian and white Americans are overrepresented in the student bodies.

Yet, Hispanic and African-Americans are more than 30 percent of the U.S. population and 35 percent of those in our public schools.

Increasingly, these minorities will represent the nation in international academic competitions.

Where, then, are the grounds for optimism that we can turn this around?

And if we cannot, ought we not accept the inevitable?

Anonymous said...

Are the scores from Vietnam legit?

Vietnam did almost as well as Germany

According to the HBD community the average IQ of Vietnam is 96 while the average IQ for Germany is 102.

In addition the wealth gap between Vietnam and Germany is ENORMOUS.

Anonymous said...

"What this means is that if the United States decided to cheat... There would simply not be enough best and brightest to reproduce the scores that Shanghai is putting out."

The US education system is primarily interested in closing the gap. This involves trying to lift the bottom while *holding down the top*.

Outside of private schools (or parents using private tuition alongside public schooling) how stretched are the brightest in America on average? I'd guess a lot less than Shanghai.