Friday, February 23, 2007

International comparisons are more than a 'horse race'

An excerpt from an article by the National School Board Association

According to news reports, U.S. students are losing their edge in international testing. In reality, “American students aren’t ‘failing’ as some overwrought headlines suggest,” said Patte Barth, the director of NSBA’s Center for Public Education. “But they don’t win, place, or show on any international test of knowledge and skills, either.”

In fact, U.S. performance varies considerably depending on the subject area being tested and the age of test-takers,” said Barth. She spoke during a session at NSBA’s Federal Relations Network Conference Jan. 30 about a new packet of information from the center titled, “More than a Horse Race: A Guide to International Tests.”

For the complete article click here.

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