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Global-Achievement Study Casts U.S. Scores in Better Light

Global-Achievement Study Casts U.S. Scores in Better Light | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Erik Robelen, Education Week

 

U.S. student achievement looks more favorable on the global stage when comparisons take into account the especially large share of American adolescents who come from disadvantaged social backgrounds, concludes a study realeased today by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute.

 

The gap, for instance, between U.S. students and those from top-scoring nations on one prominent global assessment would be cut in half in reading and by at least one-third in math, the study says, if statistical adjustments were made for social class.

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What is the Global Achievement Gap and What Do Parents Need to Know About It?

What is the Global Achievement Gap and What Do Parents Need to Know About It? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

America’s public school system enjoyed the limelight for nearly a century. But in the last few decades our performance has been overshadowed by many industrialized nations.

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Why reforms to China's college entrance exam are so revolutionary

Why reforms to China's college entrance exam are so revolutionary | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
China’s Ministry of Education has announced a major reform of the National College Entrance Examination, known as Gaokao. Under the proposed changes, the entry of new students to higher education will…
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Will Malaysia's Bold Education Goals Help It Become a Developed Nation?

Will Malaysia's Bold Education Goals Help It Become a Developed Nation? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The government wants 60 percent of high school graduates to specialize in science, technology, engineering, and math by 2020.
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Yong Zhao's Biting Critique of the Chinese Edu-Miracle

Yong Zhao's Biting Critique of the Chinese Edu-Miracle | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rick Hess, Education Next

 

Zhao's writing flags the stifling nature of regulation and celebrates the creative power of entrepreneur-oriented education.

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Why Kids in London do Better in School

Why Kids in London do Better in School | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The secret may lie in the city's inherent diversity.
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Finnish Lessons for American School Boards: Are We More Alike than We Think? - Huffington Post

Finnish Lessons for American School Boards: Are We More Alike than We Think? - Huffington Post | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
As the mid-term elections approach, its important to highlight that the inaction of Congress to address public education has put renewed pressures on state and local governments to act....
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Pisa tests for individual schools to launch next year - TES News

Pisa tests for individual schools to launch next year - TES News | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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The International Statistics That Matter Most

The International Statistics That Matter Most | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
As a nation, we worry far too much about PISA scores, which rank and rate students according to standardized tests. Many nations have higher average scores than we do, yet we are the most powerful ...
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Why Finland's Schools Are Top-Notch

Why Finland's Schools Are Top-Notch | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
On CNN.com, Visiting Professor Pasi Sahlberg writes about the main factors that prevent American students from achieving the kind of success that Finnish students attain.
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Why Finland's schools are top-notch

Why Finland's schools are top-notch | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Pasi Sahlberg says America can learn from Finland, which has one of the leading education systems in the world.
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The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Cathy Rubin, Huffington Post

 

The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' tes...

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Why admiring Chinese test scores might hurt U.S. schools

Why admiring Chinese test scores might hurt U.S. schools | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jay Mathews, Washington Post

 

While respect for teachers’ authority is often lauded, author argues that authoritarian culture stifles creativity.

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Graduates in Italy and Spain have low basic skills, says OECD report

Graduates in Italy and Spain have low basic skills, says OECD report | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lizzy Davies, The Guardian

 

Report says university graduates in the southern Europea are less skilled than high school leavers in Japan and Holland

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As U.S. test scores lag, study shows violence, poverty, teen pregnancy are high

As U.S. test scores lag, study shows violence, poverty, teen pregnancy are high | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Compared to other industrial nations, U.S. leads in some categories that can have negative effects on success, such as violence, poverty, teen pregnancy.
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From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?...
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Where Teens Have the Most Homework

Where Teens Have the Most Homework | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
An international ranking, from 14 hours a week in China to three in Finland
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Overtesting And China: A Cautionary Tale - WBUR

Overtesting And China: A Cautionary Tale - WBUR | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Too much testing may impede innovation, creativity, divergent thinking and individuality among generations of students.
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Common Core, don't copy China's test-prep culture

Common Core, don't copy China's test-prep culture | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Yong Zhao says Common Core proponents should see that in China, a test-oriented education can be damaging.
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Not The Top Of The Class: Why American Schools Are Mediocre

Not The Top Of The Class: Why American Schools Are Mediocre | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
“Without a high school diploma, you couldn’t work as a garbage collector in New York City; you couldn’t join the Air Force.
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The American Dream Is Leaving America

The American Dream Is Leaving America | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Fixing the education system is the civil rights challenge of our era, especially as the United States is being eclipsed in economic and educational mobility.
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Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most

Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
But why do Indians have such high rates of education?
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Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads

Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Marsh, Guardian

 

Schools in the Netherlands have shunned textbooks and only use Apple tablets for teaching and learning. A year in, journalist Sarah Marsh investigates how pupils and teachers are faring

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If Massachusetts Were A Country, Its Students Would Rank 9th In The World - Forbes

If Massachusetts Were A Country, Its Students Would Rank 9th In The World - Forbes | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by James Crotty, Forbes


The U.S. continues to trail its peers in global measures of academic excellence.

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American Kids Will Spend An Average Of 943 Hours In Elementary School This Year

American Kids Will Spend An Average Of 943 Hours In Elementary School This Year | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Growing up in England, I attended a school where administrators thought it was a good idea to teach two dozen rowdy 14-year-old girls "food technology." This turned out to be a euphemistic mantle g...
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Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence

Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Yong Zhao

 

In 2009 Dr. Beverly Hall, former superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools, was named America’s National Superintendent of the Year for “representing the ‘best of the best’ in public school leadership.”[1]Hall was hosted in the White House by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In 2010, the American Educational Research Association honored her with its Distinguished Community Service Award, which “recognizes exceptional contributions to advancing the use of education research and statistics.”[2] Also in 2010, President Obama appointed Hall to the elite National Board for Education Sciences.

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The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by CAthy Rubin, Huffington Post

 

How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations i...

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