Honors Projects


This research paper aims to investigate the teacher education programs of four different countries that have consistently scored high on the international Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. This project intends to answer two questions: What locations consistently perform high on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test? What do the teacher training programs look like for these locations and are there commonalities between programs of different locations? The first question is answered using statistics of PISA scores from the past twenty years and from those statistics, the top four countries that this paper focuses on are Finland, Canada, Singapore, and China. The second question requires a more in-depth approach of investigating reliable sources that describe the teacher education systems of those four locations. From the investigation, there are some commonalities that can be found between them including a common value of education and teachers as well as three of the four locations sharing a system of testing applicants for admission into the teacher education programs.


Honors Program


Integrated Mathematics Education

First Advisor

Kenneth Thompson

First Advisor Department

Music Performance Studies

Second Advisor

Gabriel Matney

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Fall 12-9-2021