Behind the Headline: US ‘In Denial’ Over Poor Maths Standards

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US ‘In Denial’ Over Poor Maths Standards
5/20/14 | BBC

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U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests
Fall 2014 | Education Next

The BBC reports on a new study examining how U.S. students perform compared with students in other countries. “The US has been a mediocre performer in international education tests, based on average performance across the country, but this study shows how this average conceals a remarkably wide range of successes and failures,” Sean Coughlan reports. Students in several Southern states are among the weakest performers, achieving scores similar to those of students from developing countries. The study also finds that American students from privileged backgrounds lag behind similar students in other developed countries.

The study, by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann, appears in Education Next.

-Education Next

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