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  • Locations: Helsinki, Finland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Finnish-ing at the Top: Comparative Student Assessment in Finland

June 7-21, 2018


Program Description

Panorama of Helsinki

Discussions around classroom assessment and measurement have been at the forefront of policy change, political tensions, and within colleges of education across the country. From No Child Left Behind to pushes for Common Core State Standards, the U.S. continues to search for an answer to help our failing students. Florida teachers in particular are greatly affected by these discussions as student test scores are now being used to determine teacher salary and job security. Instead of looking inward, perhaps it’s time to look at what those who are leading the world in international assessments and graduation rates. It’s time to ask teachers in Finland what makes them so successful.

Traveling with a faculty member from the Educational Measurement and Research program, students will have the opportunity to learn measurement and assessment practices from teachers in one of the world’s leading countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Aside from success in standardized international assessment, Finland also boasts high secondary graduation rates and low unemployment – something many attribute to their educational focus on practical skills and application of content.

William Doyle, Fulbright Scholar and New York Times bestselling author, puts it like this; “I have a suggestion for every philanthropist, parent, educator and policymaker in the world who wants to improve children’s education. Start by coming to Finland… If you look closely and open your mind, you may see the School of Tomorrow.”
Major areas of study will include:

  • Formative, diagnostic, and summative assessments
  • Teacher constructed assessments and performance / authentic assessments
  • Comparative research methods examining assessment and measurement practices
EDF 4430 - Measurement for Teachers (3 credits)
EDF 6938 - Selected Topics: Comparative Research in Measurement (3-4 credits)


Helsinki, Finland

Who Can Participate

This program is open to all College of Education programs and the pre-service teacher program.

How to Apply

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This program is currently not accepting applications.