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ERIC Number: ED530884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-15
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Review of "Education Olympics 2008: The Games in Review"
Fierros, Edward G.; Kornhaber, Mindy
Education and the Public Interest Center
This review examines the recently released Thomas P. Fordham Institute report, "Education Olympics: The Games in Review." Published just after the completion of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Education Olympics strategically parallels the international competition by awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to top performing countries based on indicators including scores from international assessments in reading, mathematics, and science. The report contrasts American students' unimpressive performance on international assessments with the United States' success in the Olympics. However, the report fails to substantiate its primary claim: that American students' relatively low rankings on these tests will weaken the U.S. economy and jeopardize its future global standing. It also fails to substantiate secondary claims, set forth throughout in various sidebars. The report recognizes its numerous methodological weaknesses, but it nonetheless bases its conclusions primarily on findings produced by this flawed process. In addition, the research meant to bolster the report's position is very limited. Ultimately, its conclusions lack a basis of argument or evidence, and its attempt to link test scores to the nation's economic standing fails. (Contains 29 notes and references.) [This paper reviews the following document: "Education Olympics 2008: The Games in Review" (ED502930).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit