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ERIC Number: EJ972486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-12
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
The Global Challenge: Education in a Competitive World. Quality Counts, 2012
Education Week, v31 n16 p1-64 Jan 2012
"Quality Counts 2012," the 16th edition of "Education Week"'s annual examination of issues and challenges facing America's public schools, takes aim at topics high on the policy agenda, from the White House and Congress down to the level of local school boards and chambers of commerce: the nation's international standing in education, and lessons to be drawn from high-performing countries. This year's "Quality Counts" report takes a critical look at the nation's place among the world's public education systems. Veteran "Education Week" journalists with deep expertise in such areas as teaching, assessment, curriculum, and state and federal policymaking put to the test popular assumptions about the country's competitive status in education. Working with colleagues from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, they illuminate innovations in high-performing nations that have taken root in the United States, lessons to be drawn from the experience of other countries, and the promise and risks such strategies hold for U.S. policymakers. The aim is to provide fresh perspectives on the political, social, and cultural challenges the nation faces in preparing its public school students for the workforce demands of an interconnected world economy. In keeping with this year's theme, the EPE Research Center used its annual survey of state education agency officials to ask if they are drawing on international comparisons in crafting specific measures for improving education. Of those responding, agencies in 29 states affirmed using such information, while 21 states and the District of Columbia said they are not currently using international data as a resource in guiding public policy. In addition to the in-depth package of articles on this year's theme, "Quality Counts 2012" offers fresh data and analysis from the EPE Research Center on key education policy indicators, including scores and letter grades for individual states and for the nation overall in five of six areas tracked by the annual report. This year's updated categories include the Chance-for-Success Index, introduced in "Quality Counts 2007" to offer a handle on the role that education plays in enhancing positive outcomes at various stages over the course of a person's life; the K-12 Achievement Index, which offers a yardstick on student performance by state on 18 crucial indicators; and school finance, graded on eight factors, including how education resources are spread within a state, as well as overall spending patterns. Also updated are categories tracking policies that involve the teaching profession, and those that focus on standards, assessments, and accountability. The sixth category captured in the report's annual "State of the States" roundup involves policies relating to transitions and alignment among different sections of the educational continuum, from early childhood to postsecondary education and the world of work. This special issue of "Education Week" includes the following articles: (1) Complex Policy Options Abound Amid International Comparisons (Sean Cavanagh); (2) Among Top-Performing Nations, Teacher Quality, Status Entwined (Stephen Sawchuk); (3) Teacher Training Has Key Role to Play (Stephen Sawchuk); (4) Education to Account, Yardsticks Vary Nation to Nation (Erik W. Robelen); (5) U.S. Common-Standards Effort Informed by Ideas from Abroad (Catherine Gewertz); (6) Educating Immigrant Students a Challenge in U.S. and Others (Nirvi Shah); (7) School, Community Backing Bolsters Immigrant Students (Nirvi Shah and Sean Cavanagh); (8) Even with Educated Workforce, U.S. College, Career Issues Loom (Caralee J. Adams); (9) Canada Taps Varied Resources in Serving Diverse Student Needs (Sean Cavanagh); (10) Matching Up States, Countries Gives Fresh Take on Performance (Sarah D. Sparks); (11) Education in the Republic of Korea: National Treasure or National Headache (Byong-man Ahn); (12) Keep the Focus, Stay the Course (Michael Barber); (13) Finland's Success Is No Miracle (Pasi Sahlberg); (14) Maintaining the Federal Role in Accountability (Margaret Spellings); (15) On Policy, Student Achievement, States Pressing to Measure Up (Amy M. Hightower); (16) State Report Cards Map; (17) Grading Calculator: Calculate Your Own Grade; (18) State Highlights Reports; (19) Methodology; and (20) Sources & Notes. Individual articles contain references, tables, and figures.
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Finland; South Korea; United States