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ERIC Number: EJ792395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-23
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
America Scouts Overseas to Boost Education Skills
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy; Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v27 n34 p1, 14-16 Apr 2008
The miles that separate Ohio from Singapore and other countries rapidly developing into economic and education success stories have all but evaporated over the past decade for policymakers and educators trying to solve the complicated school improvement puzzle. Hard-hit by global economic pressures that have closed companies and sent thousands of jobs overseas, once-parochial states are beginning to look abroad for answers to their challenges in business, industry, and education. As leaders in Ohio and other states start to reassess the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a competitive economy, they are weighing plans to gauge how their schools measure up against those of Singapore, South Korea, and Japan, as well as Finland and other European nations--all perennial leaders on international assessments. Ohio is ahead of most states in efforts to benchmark its performance against that of high-performing countries, although it has met hurdles in doing so. Yet a growing number of education and policy groups suggest that such cross-nation comparisons are essential. Their concern: academic gains made by competitors halfway around the globe will jeopardize the United States' future economic prospects. Such warnings echo the alarms set off a quarter-century ago this week, when a federal commission issued "A Nation at Risk", the controversial landmark report that declared a "rising tide of mediocrity" in U.S. education posed a threat to America's prosperity and status in the world. According to Gene Wilhoit, the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, disparities in student achievement between the United States and other countries have shifted the focus from state-by-state comparisons to "concern about those countries that are growing at a fast pace and with relatively high achievement."
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States