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About those PISA scores…

About those PISA scores…

Here are PISA scores for 15-year-olds as typically presented by politicians. When you see these, it’s easier for Americans to be more alarmist (oh no, others are ahead of us!). Average scores   Percentage of high scorers   But we also should look at the data another way. Number of high scorers Our size benefits...

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PISA, American schools, and poverty

Jonathan Lovell says: in a somewhat more nuanced study in January of this year entitled “What do international tests really show about U.S. student performance?” economists Martin Carnoy and Richard Rothstein come to a similar conclusion: “The share of disadvantaged students in the U.S. sample was the largest of any of the [post-industrial] countries we...

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What does the PISA report tell us about U.S. education? [VIDEO]

Why does the AFT respond in such a pathetic whiney fashion? Their response will be dismissed as desperate complaints by liberal union Commie fat cats? How about simplifying the message by saying the following? 1) It is deeply immoral to make global (economic) comparisons on the back of school children? Why must education be a...

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Responsible educational journalism

Leslie and David Rutkowski say: simply reporting results, in daring headline fashion, without caution, without caveat, is a dangerous practice. Although cautious reporting isn’t nearly as sensational as crying “Sputnik!” every time the next cycle of PISA results are reported, it is the responsible thing to do. via http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/20/so-how-overblown-were-no-1-shanghais-pisa-results This holds true, of course, for all...

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The REAL international story of American education

Linda Darling-Hammond said: Federal policy under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Department of Education’s ‘flexibility’ waivers has sought to address [the problem of international competitiveness] by beefing up testing policies — requiring more tests and upping the consequences for poor results: including denying diplomas to students, firing teachers, and closing schools. Unfortunately, this...

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The U.S. has more memorizers

The U.S. has more memorizers

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...