Making Education Better Via a Blockbuster New Partnership

prnewswire | February 20, 2020

"The PISA program, and the related OECD Test for Schools, is known as the premier assessment tool to measure educational outcomes and student satisfaction across the world," said Matthew New, the CEO of The Better Education Company. "We want to greatly expand usage of this test in the United States, as part of our effort to improve American education, and Janison is the ideal partner for this effort." In 2019, Janison signed a cooperation agreement with the OECD to develop the international digital platform for this unique school assessment tool based on PISA, and to deliver it in a secure, scalable, robust environment to schools in the U.S. "We are very pleased to be partnering with The Better Education Company to promote the OECD Test for Schools in the United States," said Wayne Houlden, Founder of Janison. "Together, we aim to build a collaborative data sharing community around this effort in the hopes of improving educational outcomes."

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Technology has created a new learning economy where graduates will be valued less by what they know and more by what they can learn. Content still matters, but we now need to focus more on the process of change.

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Technology has created a new learning economy where graduates will be valued less by what they know and more by what they can learn. Content still matters, but we now need to focus more on the process of change.

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