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

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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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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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In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter

In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Engagement isn't necessarily a recipe for academic gains, suggests a new report on global education.
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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' but 'topics' instead

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' but 'topics' instead | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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The New Gender Divide in Education

The New Gender Divide in Education | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andreas Schleicher, Huffington Post

 

While many countries can claim victory in having closed gender gaps in the knowledge and skills of boys and girls, we may have lost sight of important social and emotional dimensions of learning that may be far more predictive for the future life cho...

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More Than Half of America's Millennials Lack Basic Workplace Skills

More Than Half of America's Millennials Lack Basic Workplace Skills | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Young adults in the U.S. lag far behind those in Europe and Asia.
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Learning to Spell in English Is Harder Than in OtherLanguages

Learning to Spell in English Is Harder Than in OtherLanguages | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Mastering English requires abilities that most children don’t develop until they're pre-teens.

 

Consider this: English has 205 ways to spell 44 sounds. And not only can the same sounds be represented in different ways, but the same letter or letter combinations can also correspond to different sounds. 

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China’s Wealthy Parents Are Fed Up With State-Run Education

China’s Wealthy Parents Are Fed Up With State-Run Education | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
BEIJING -- In the northern outskirts of Beijing, past the jungle of high-rise apartment buildings and vehicle-clogged streets that comprises the Chinese capital, sits a…
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Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours?

Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A new study says U.S. teachers still lead the world in time spent in front of a class—but not as much as everyone thinks.
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It's Official: Girls Are Dominating Boys When It Comes To Academic Achievement

It's Official: Girls Are Dominating Boys When It Comes To Academic Achievement | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Girls are academically outperforming boys in many countries around the world -- even in places where women face political, economic or social inequalities.

A new report from Dr. Gijsbert Stoet of the University of Glasgow in Scotland and David C....
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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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American Millennials are among the world's least skilled

American Millennials are among the world's least skilled | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Researchers at Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) expected it to be when they administered a test called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Sponsored by the OECD, the test was designed to measure the job skills of adults, aged 16 to 65, in 23 countries. When the results were analyzed by age group and nationality, it is clear that Millennials in the U.S. fall short when it comes to the skills employers want most: literacy (including the ability to follow simple instructions), practical math, and — hold on to your hat — a category called “problem-solving in technology-rich environments.”

 


Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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How does the U.S. compare to other countries on student engagement ?

How does the U.S. compare to other countries on student engagement ? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tom Loveless, Brookings


Are national indicators of engagement related to achievement?  This analysis concludes that American students are about average in terms of engagement.  Data reveal that several countries noted for their superior ranking on PISA—e.g., Korea, Japan, Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands—score below the U.S. on measures of student engagement.  Thus, the relationship of achievement to student engagement is not clear cut, with some evidence pointing toward a weak positive relationship and other evidence indicating a modest negative relationship. 

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Where international students come from, in 1 map

Here are the top countries for sending their students elsewhere to earn a degree, and the top countries where those students end up.
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New gender gaps opening up in education - OECD researchers - Reuters

LONDON, March 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite much
progress reducing inequalities over the past century, new gender
gaps in education are opening up, researchers said on Thursday
after a wide-ranging
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9 reasons Finland's schools are so much better than America's

Finland has highly trained teachers, low child poverty, and an easier language to spell. (Really.)
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"Teach for America," Yes. But, "Teach For Finland?" Why it won’t happen.

"Teach for America," Yes.  But, "Teach For Finland?" Why it won’t happen. | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Pasi Sahlberg, Washington Post

 

Debunking myths about teachers in the U.S. and in Finland.

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Ten things you need to know about international assessments

Ten things you need to know about international assessments | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
They don't tell us what you may think they do about U.S. performance.
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OECD calls for evidence on what school reforms actually work - BBC News

OECD calls for evidence on what school reforms actually work - BBC News | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Trillions of dollars are spent on education reforms around the world without any effective evaluation to see if changes have worked, says the OECD.
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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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