The latest international test scores, released Tuesday, show U.S. students sliding further behind their global counterparts in math, reading, and science.
On the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test administered every three years, U.S. students came in 20th in reading in 2012. In 2009, they were tenth. On math, U.S. students ranked 30th this year. In 2009, they ranked 24th. And in science, U.S. students were 23rd of the more than 65 countries tested, four below their 2009 ranking.
The results generated a raft of concerned statements.
“With all the available resources and innovation that occurs within the United States, it's inexcusable that we have not yet embraced the necessary reforms to significantly boost student outcomes,” said Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform (CER).
“Our kids trail…most of the industrialized world and lag far behind countries like Germany, Korea, Canada, and Australia, to say nothing of the broad grouping of East...
Wednesday's ed news
TEXAS: A GOP candidate for governor supports charter schools but avoids talking vouchers.
AUSTRALIA: Lawmakers propose monitoring children from birth to prevent crime.
PISA: Reactions on the international test results: Being mediocre doesn't matter. Mediocre results don't justify nationalizing education. Poverty isn't the problem. And a general overview. All the charlatans come out for their say. The entire enterprise is a waste of time.
GEORGIA: How will lawmakers...
The first-ever charter school law in Washington has come under fire from a coalition arguing the voter-approved measure is unconstitutional.
The law allows for 40 charter schools to open over a period of five years. Applications to start charter schools would be approved by a state-level commission or the local district, if the district receives authorization from the state board of education.
After a bill failed in the legislature, the initiative landed on the ballot last fall, where...