EdSource Today: Debunking mediocre performance of U.S. students


The conventional wisdom that American students lag far behind top performers like Finland and South Korea in academic achievement is oversimplified.  A new study out today by researchers at Stanford University and the Economic Policy Institute finds that comparisons of scores on international tests fail to adequately consider social and economic differences.

“If the social class distribution of the United States were similar to that of top-scoring countries, the average test score gap between the United States and these top-scoring countries would be cut in half in reading and by one-third in mathematics,” write Stanford Education Professor Martin Carnoy and Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, in their report, What do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Student Performance?

via Debunking mediocre performance of U.S. students – by Kathryn Baron.

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