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Duvall, Henry – Principal, 2001
Discusses five major obstacles facing urban school districts' efforts to provide students a world-class education: inadequate funding, large numbers of non-English-speaking students, wide gaps in academic achievement among student groups with various racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds, lack of stable leadership, and a shortage of teachers.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership
Purdom, Candace – Principal, 1999
In 1996, about 750 randomly selected 4th graders, a similar number of 8th graders, and nearly 1,000 12th graders from 19 Chicago-area schools took the Third International Mathematics and Science Survey test as a separate country. Results were impressive and reinforced the good reputation of First in the World Consortium schools, located mostly in…
Descriptors: Affluent Youth, Comparative Education, Consortia, Elementary Secondary Education
Bracey, Gerald W. – Principal, 1998
Data from First in the World Consortium (group of 20 suburban school districts that paid to have students take the Third International Mathematics and Science Study tests) and TIMSS dispel pervasive myth that only 1% of American students score as well in math as average Japanese student. Before copying Asia, American educators should examine…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 4