By Richard Bammer
Reacting to general criticism of the U.S. educational system, some local educators say continuing lackluster scores by U.S. students on an international assessment test in science, math and reading neither indicate that Americans are losing ground to competitors in the global market nor support the notion that school reform efforts have failed.
“It’s a little bit like comparing apples and oranges,” said Sue Brothers, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Travis Unified. “In the United States, we educate all kids. My concern is, when our top kids don’t rank. That’s bothersome.”