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Cavanagh, Sean; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Almost every time the results of an international test of student achievement are released to the world, the reaction among the American public and policymakers is like that of a parent whose child just brought home a disappointing report card. Elected officials and academic experts question where U.S. students fell short: Was it their curriculum,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Scores, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2005
The task seemed straightforward enough: Students taking part in a recent international test were asked to review drawings of five triangles with varying angles and midpoints. Then those teenagers were to read over a paragraph describing the characteristics of a particular triangle and, finally, choose the triangle that fit the description. Of the…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Grade 8, Minority Groups, Foreign Students