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ERIC Number: EJ1082339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-9495
Education in the U.S. and the Netherlands: An Equity Comparison and a Few Big Questions
Owings, William A.; Kaplan, Leslie S.; Volman, Monique
Journal of Education Finance, v41 n2 p145-163 Fall 2015
Using an equity perspective, this article compares the education systems of the United States and the Netherlands. Existing data examining student demographics, the organizational structures, curricula, funding, and student outcomes are examined. The Netherlands appears to be getting a "bigger bang for their buck." We make the case that since the 10th Amendment to the Constitution makes U.S. education a state function, 50 states can have significant variance in their instructional standards, funding, and outcomes. At the secondary level, these differences may partially explain U.S. students' lagging achievement as measured by international tests. Fundamental questions about the U.S. education system are posed for a broader discussion. [This paper was presented at the National Education Finance Academy Conference (St. Louis, MO, March 26, 2015)]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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