Tanatswa Mashangeni

Tanatswa Mashangeni

Tanatswa Mashangeni, 17, is a senior at Research Triangle High School. She was born in Zimbabwe, moved to the United States as an infant and now lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina. She is in the process of applying to multiple colleges across the United States and hopes to someday attend medical school for psychiatry. Her school, founded in 2012, is an independent public charter that draws from 11 counties and 63 middle schools across the Raleigh-Durham area. It is part of the America Achieves Global Learning Network, which supports schools to participate in the OECD Test for Schools (international exam based on PISA) with the goal of using the results to help schools raise the bar.

PISA: Why this international test matters and why my school did so well

As a busy high school student with a demanding schedule, the last thing I wanted to add to my plate was yet another standardized test. But my school signed up two years ago to take an international exam based on the PISA test, which is supposed to tell us whether we knew how to apply our math, science and reading… Read more →

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