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Why Students Do Better Overseas

Why Students Do Better Overseas | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Editorial Board, New York Times

 

The United States has much to learn from other countries, especially in preparing teachers and paying for schools.

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Global Report: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes

Global Report: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rebecca Klein, Huff Post

 

If policymakers want to improve students’ scores on international exams, they should start by bettering education options for their littlest learners.

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Wow.

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The Global Achievement Gap and California

The Global Achievement Gap and California | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Gavin Newsom, Huffington Post (former mayor of SF, now Lt Gov of California)

 

We were once the leader, the model in higher education that every other state looked at and strived to be. But those times have changed, and not at all for the better.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

plenty of stats to increase your cortical mass.

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The Polish education system is no joke

The Polish education system is no joke | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Terry Ryan, Flypaper

 

Poland’s gains in mathematics and science on the 2012 PISA assessments made big news in the United States. The impressive achievements by fifteen-year-old Polish youngsters contrast starkly with the scores of American youngsters.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Poland did much better on the recent PISA exam.  What did they do?

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Are Finland’s vaunted schools slipping?

Are Finland’s vaunted schools slipping? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Pasi Sahlberg, Washington Post

 

I'm so happy to hear you are feeling better with the pacemaker!  Yes, indeed we are getting old.  I'm saying, there's no hiding it now. I mean, I'm 4 years away from medicare!  that's friggin old.  But, mom tells me, and my friend Barbara who is mom's age, that 60 isn't old yet.  Mom says old is 75.  Barbara says 80.  I don't think they would lie to me.  So, Cissy, we are not old yet! 

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China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More

China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Junheng Li, Daily Beast


China may have made huge strides recently, but its school system languishes as a relic that teaches children by rote and exists merely to make students willing tools of the state.

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Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic

 

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.

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Pop-Up Schools Could Radically Improve Global Education | Wired Design | Wired.com

Pop-Up Schools Could Radically Improve Global Education | Wired Design | Wired.com | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dayo Olopade, Wired

 

Most of the buildings in Machakos, the former capital of Kenya, are made of concrete, with neat fences, informal gardens, indoor plumbing, and electricity, however erratic.

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Be Careful What You Wish For: Taiwan Has a Powerful Parent Union

Be Careful What You Wish For: Taiwan Has a Powerful Parent Union | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Chester Finn, Education Next

 

Taiwan has a powerful parent union that now appears to cause at least as much harm as it does good.

 

You think parent participation is a good thing, right, and schools should have more of it? Of course you do. Just as you surely want parents to have more choice among schools. You may even favor the parent-trigger mechanism for freeing a school from its district and turning it into a charter. Me, too.

 

Here’s some of what I’ll bet you don’t want: parental pressure tying school leaders and teachers into knots such that they cannot discipline or punish students, cannot make them stay after school, cannot under any circumstances expel or suspend them, cannot even confiscate their cell phones—and only at their peril can give them low marks or words of criticism.

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China’s 10 new and surprising school reform rules

China’s 10 new and surprising school reform rules | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Yong Zhao, Washington Post

 

The Chinese are going in a very different direction than the U.S.

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NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: How Well Are We Really Doing?

NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: How Well Are We Really Doing? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Marc Tucker questions the results from a recent NCES study linking NAEP and TIMSS scores.
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Measuring America's Decline, in Three Charts

Measuring America's Decline, in Three Charts | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Cassidy, The New Yorker

 

Taken together, these education statistics vividly illustrate some of the challenges facing an economic hegemon plagued by wage stagnation and rising inequality.

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New Study: Here's How the Students in Our States Stack Up Against Students In Other Countries

New Study: Here's How the Students in Our States Stack Up Against Students In Other Countries | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachusetts is just one rung below Japan, according to a study released by the U.S.

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The link between early childhood education and PISA scores

The link between early childhood education and PISA scores | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kris Perry, Washington Post

 

Nations and school systems that did well on PISA are concentrating on early childhood education.

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Are America's students falling behind the world?

Are America's students falling behind the world? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the L.A. Times Editorial Board

 

The standardized tests known as the Program for International Student Assessment are considered so important that when the latest results were released last week, the U.S. Department of Education participated in a so-called PISA Day.

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Reader from China: Why Chinese Students' Test Scores Are So High

Reader from China:  Why Chinese Students' Test Scores Are So High | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

from a Reader at Diane Ravitch's Blog

 

This fascinating and informative comment was just posted in response to Tom Loveless's earlier article about how Shanghai gets high scores by excluding the children of migrants from its schools and...

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Is the U.S. making the grade in education?

Is the U.S. making the grade in education? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

 

While the U.S. muddles along, other nations rocket forward.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying about the PISA

How I Learned to Stop Worrying about the PISA | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Mary Jo Madda, edSurge

 

It’s hard to surf the web this week without coming across news headlines shrieking about the most recent PISA scores: Among them: "PISA Results show 'educational stagnation' in the US" and "Sweden tumbles in global schools ranking"!

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Finland Drops Out of Top 10 in Math from PISA 2012: What Now?

Finland Drops Out of Top 10 in Math from PISA 2012: What Now? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Taught By Finland

 

Yesterday, I made a late-night run to a Helsinki convenience store. Before entering, I was greeted by the headlines of a Finnish newspaper, which had been posted on the front door: Finnish Education...

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Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students

Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable

 

As Finland looks to boost its profile as an international startup hub, the country is turning its attention toward tech-oriented youth training programs.

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The Kids Are All Right-er

The Kids Are All Right-er | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Patte Barth, Huffington Post


Another report was released in October that deserves the attention of every American because it points to issues related to literacy in the U.S. that extend beyond the reach of schools alone.

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Recently, scores a international test of adults' literacy and numeracy showed that US adults rank much lower than do America's school children in international comparisons.

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Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S. compared to other countries

Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S. compared to other countries | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Aisha Asif , Hechinger Report The United States has some of the best university-based math teacher training programs in the world.
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Asia’s Parents Suffer from 'Education Obsession,' Go Deep into Debt

Asia’s Parents Suffer from 'Education Obsession,' Go Deep into Debt | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Parents in East Asian countries are increasingly making major sacrifices, both financial and personal, to provide a high-quality education for their kids.
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The 25 Countries With The Most Brainpower

The 25 Countries With The Most Brainpower | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jonathan Wai, Max Nisen, Business Insider

 

Having brilliant people is essential to the future of any country. Along with a Duke IQ researcher, we've put together a ranking of the ones with the most.

 

Which country has the largest stock of brilliant people? The answer to this question depends in part on raw brainpower, but also on the size of a country.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

You can quik-scan the list

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International Test Scores Predict Nothing

International Test Scores Predict Nothing | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravitch, Huffington Post

 

The international test scores are poor economic barometers. What matters most in the decades ahead is the extent to which we cultivate creativity, ingenuity, curiosity, innovation, and thinking differently.

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