International Benchmarking of Student Achievement

Most educational standard setting, performance assessment, and judgments about appropriate levels of achievement today are based on history and custom with a little bit of “professional dreaming.” The process generally lacks any context of what our international competitors are doing.

Supersize My Education? Not in Singapore

Is more education—more hours and days, more years and degrees—the cure for what ails us?

Best Practices Are the Worst

Picking the anecdotes you want to believe

Picking the anecdotes you want to believe: A book review of Marc Tucker’s “Surpassing Shanghai”

When the Best is Mediocre

Developed countries far outperform our most affluent suburbs

Developed countries far outperform our most affluent suburbs

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What We’re Watching: The Other Achievement Gap

Are America’s highest achieving students being left behind? Watch the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s webinar “The Other Achievement Gap”

By Education Next    International, Video  

Top U.S. School Districts Trail the Global Competition

Jay Greene discusses his Global Report Card, which reveals that even the most elite suburban U.S. school districts produce results that are mediocre when compared to those of international peers

By Education Next    International, Video  

Students in Affluent School Districts Post Mediocre Results

Podcast: Jay Greene discusses his new study, which examines student achievement in virtually every school district in the United States and compares the performance of U.S. districts with the performance of students in 25 developed countries.

By Education Next    International, Podcast  

Teachers Unions Here and There

I don’t always agree with Marc Tucker but he knows a heckuva lot about how other countries organize their education systems; and it turns out that knowledge extends to how their teacher unions have evolved, what roles the unions play, and how their bargaining processes work. The differences set forth in his exceptionally interesting new […]

Merit Pay International

Countries with performance pay for teachers score higher on PISA tests

Countries with performance pay for teachers score higher on PISA tests

Feeling Too Good About Our Schools

Each time international tests of student achievement are released, there is a parade of glib commentators explaining why we should not pay much attention to the generally poor performance of U.S. students.

Sputnik for the 21st Century

On Pearl Harbor Day 2010, the United States (and much of the rest of the world) was attacked by China.

Teaching Math to the Talented

Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students?

Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students?

Money Talks – But Does It Educate?

This is American education’s sixty-four-thousand-dollar question. Or is it $64 million? Billion? Or, how about $26 billion? That’s the number moving through the Capitol at the moment.

International Benchmarking May Not Be a Good Bet for States

In August, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report summarizing the performance of U.S. students on international tests. There is always great excitement when the “league tables” from international tests are published.  Now states are starting to get into the game as well, signing up to participate in PISA and TIMSS […]

Don’t Think Too Highly of Yourself

A few years ago, in the 2006 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning? researchers found a correlation that went against 40 years of prevailing wisdom in education circles.

Reward Less, Get Less

Student performance gaps are easily explained

Student performance gaps are easily explained

School Choice International

Higher private school share boosts national test scores

Higher private school share boosts national test scores

Scaling Up in Chile

Larger networks of schools produce higher student achievement

Larger networks of schools produce higher student achievement

By Gregory Elacqua, Dante Contreras and Felipe Salazar    International, Research  

Today’s Education-Industrial Complex

Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?

Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?

Education and Economic Growth

It's not just going to school, but learning something while there that matters

It’s not just going to school, but learning something while there that matters

Why Students in Some Countries Do Better

International evidence on the importance of education policy

International evidence on the importance of education policy

Crowd Control

Does reducing class size work?

Does reducing class size work?

The British Experience

School reform, hijacked

School reform, hijacked

Private Schools for the Poor

Education Where no one Expects It

The accepted wisdom is that private schools serve the privileged; everyone else, especially the poor, requires public school. The poor, so this logic goes, need government assistance if they are to get a good education, which helps explain why, in the United States, many school choice enthusiasts believe that the only way the poor can […]

By JAMES TOOLEY    Features, International, On Top of the News  
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