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The results were mixed. While Massachusetts, the highest performing state in the country, had scores aligning with the education
When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachusetts is just one rung below Japan, according to a study released by the U.S. government Wednesday.
The results are mixed. Thirty-six U.S. states scored higher than the international math average of 500, out of a possible
We're a nation that's coming to respect statistics. Billy Bean convinced us that better statistics could beat bigger payrolls in sports. Nate Silver helped humble Karl Rove's money machine with better statistics. Maybe it's time to take a more careful look at the international test statistics judging how good our nation's schools are.
A Somewhat Happy Education Headline? America's students are graduating high school at higher rates, according to a new Harvard report (via the Wall Street Journal.) In 2000, researchers found, 77.6 percent of Americans ages 20-24 had high school diplomas; 10 years later, 83.7 percent of that same group held diplomas. "The improvement was particularly sharp among blacks and Hispanics," WSJ reports. "For instance, in 2000, 61.2% of black men between 20 and 24 had finished high school; in 2010, 72.0% of black men in that age bracket had." But even so, 20 percent of American men between 20 and 24 -- and 14 percent of women -- still lack that crucial certification.
But Andreas Schleicher, the creator and administrator of the PISA, contests their findings. After Carnoy and Rothstein invited
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement's PIRLS and TIMSS 2011 exams, released Tuesday
The learning wasn't just one-sided. "We want to learn something from the Californian system," said Jari Multisilta, director
We are unique in pursuing so much testing, punitive measures against schools and teachers, and the creation of so many independent charter schools. At the same time, we are ignoring financial inequality among schools and school districts.
The news isn't particularly surprising. A 2009 study showed that U.S. students ranked 25th among 34 countries in math and