The McKinsey report into ‘How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better’ was released last week.
McKinsey examined 20 school systems around the world that are somewhere along the continuum of fair to great. These include Singapore and Ontario but also systems in developing countries like Brazil and India. These education are considered to be making promising starts in improving student learning outcomes.
While we all aspire to achieve the success of Singapore and Ontario, I think we can be assured that we are on the right track. The report is valuable in that it identifies and unpacks the elements common to these high performing systems.
It confirms that improving student learning outcomes does not happen overnight. Singapore and Hong Kong took twenty plus years to move their schools from good to great.
For me, this school improvement model is like a tightly woven ball of wool with great control, focus and energy on improving the learning and teaching processes. As instructional practice improves and teachers begin to collaborate, analyse data and adapt strategies, the ball unravels and innovation spreads.
I think the document is a must read for all educators as we have a responsibility to ensure that we learn from each other about what works, and more importantly what doesn’t.