A report this week that American students are lagging behind their top international peers in math, reading and...A report this week that American students are lagging behind their top international peers in math, reading and science should give pause to those who argue that the nation's school reform efforts are going too far and too fast. In fact, they suggest just the opposite: The, at best, middling scores of American 15-year-olds not only challenge the notion of American "exceptionalism," they also threaten over time to erode the educational foundations of the world's largest economy and its global political and military influence.
The Program for International Student Assessment, which measures academic achievement in 65 of the world's wealthiest countries, found that students in the U.S. were outpaced by their peers elsewhere in all three subjects tested. Students in 29 countries or educational systems scored higher in math, while those in 22 countries did better in science, and 19 countries did better in reading. The PISA exam put students from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea at the top of its rankings, while several countries comparable to the U.S., including Ireland and Poland, pulled ahead for the first time.
Meanwhile, American students did only about as well on the test as they did the last time it was administered, in 2009. Optimists might take that to mean that the U.S. is at least holding its own in the global educational competition, but the reality is that America is standing still while other countries forge ahead. And in a rapidly evolving global marketplace, standing still year after year is the same as falling behind.
Please: Like, Share and Subscribe ...Thanks!!!
Karen Lamoreaux - Arkansas State Board of Ed - 12/16
Learn more about Common Core on our website:...Karen Lamoreaux - Arkansas State Board of Ed - 12/16
Learn more about Common Core on our website: http://www.arkansasagainstcommoncore.com
Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ArkansasAgainstCo...
Follow us on Twitter: http://facebook.com/ARstopCCMore
When the OECD releases the PISA report every three years, many people use the ranking to claim public education in...When the OECD releases the PISA report every three years, many people use the ranking to claim public education in the U.S. is failing and push their corporate education reform agenda. But looking at the data, lessons that can be learned from the highest performing countries point in a completely different direction. For more information: http://go.aft.org/pisa #ReclaimItMore
The Department of Education operates a wide range of subsidy programs...http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/e...
The Department of Education operates a wide range of subsidy programs for elementary and secondary schools. The aid and related federal regulations have not generally lifted academic achievement. The department also subsidizes higher education through student loan programs. Unfortunately, that aid has fueled inflation in college tuition and is subject to widespread abuse.
The department spent about $48 billion in 2013, or $400 for every U.S. household. It employs 4,300 workers and operates 153 different subsidy programs.More