The skills required for the PISA Test

I received an excellent link from my Facebook friend Barbara Bray that went like this:

Try some of the examples of the PISA test to see how you would do. Maybe the US needs to look at this test when redesigning NCLB. Critical thinking skills might be considered :o)

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Test your reading, math and science skills with sample questions from PISA, the exam taken by high school students around the world
I looked (and took) the test and have to admit that it was certainly demanding and most importantly, made me think. There were questions that demanded reasoning skills, prior knowledge, the ability to analyse.
Do we really teach these skills? Do we have confidence that our students could cope with these questions? If not what do we need to do to change our way of doing things so that in the future it is not just about passing some international test but  equipping them for the world that they will live and work in.
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