ERIC Number: ED356179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
International Education Comparisons.
Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
This publication highlights the similarities and differences found in education systems among many of the world's developed nations. The report seeks to show how different nations govern their education systems, how they set and implement standards, who their students are, how the students perform on achievement tests, and what reforms are being implemented. Among the specific findings of the report are that while the United States has a highly decentralized education system, many other countries have strong national ministries of education that provide direction and substantial funding for schools. The United States is one of very few developed countries without extensive oversight and direction of curriculum by the federal or regional government. Only the United States relies heavily on standardized tests. A recent International Assessment of Educational Progress (IAEP 1992) showed that U.S. 13-year olds ranked 14th out of 15 countries in mathematics knowledge and 13th in science. The United States has the highest postsecondary enrollment ratio in the world. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.