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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
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2008
No longer content with the patchwork quilt of assessments used to measure states' K-12 performance, top policy groups are pushing states toward international benchmarking as a way to better prepare students for a competitive global economy. The National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the standards-advocacy…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Global Approach, Student Evaluation, Achievement Tests
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2007
Not only did many industrialized countries outperform the United States in science on a recent international exam, but American students' academic achievement was also more likely to be affected by their wealth or poverty and family background than was their peers' in higher-scoring nations. That was one of several sobering findings for the United…
Descriptors: Test Results, Poverty, Family Characteristics, Academic Achievement
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2006
School systems that track students into certain classes and academic programs based on ability end up worsening disparities between high and low performers, according to a far-ranging report that offers recommendations for improving education across Europe. The study, commissioned by a branch of the European Union (EU), also found that bilingual…
Descriptors: Reports, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Track System (Education)
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
In 1958, a group of international scholars met in Hamburg, Germany, and hatched an idea for a huge study to measure student learning around the globe. They saw the world as one big educational laboratory, with each country acting as its own naturally occurring experiment. If tests could gauge the effects of those experiments, the researchers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation
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