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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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Integration matters. A lot.

Integration matters. A lot.

Richard Rothstein says: When African-American students from impoverished families are concentrated together in racially isolated schools, in racially isolated neighborhoods, exposed only to other students who also come from low-income, crime-ridden neighborhoods and from homes where parents have low educational levels themselves, the obstacles to these students’ success are most often overwhelming. In racially isolated...