The Answer Sheet: International


Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/03/2013

The only international test score info you need to know

The new PISA results are in.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Tests

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Are Finland’s vaunted schools slipping?

How should it respond?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:05 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Rankings

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Why is a country the size of New Mexico beating the U.S. in academic performance?

Here’s why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Tests

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 11/22/2013

International test scores: Getting the data straight

Here is the third post in a debate about the relative importance of international test scores as measures of the quality of U.S. public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:29 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Test Scores

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

A debate: What do international test scores tell us?

What’s the link between education and the economy?

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Test Scores

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Record number of foreigners study in U.S. while more American students go overseas

Where are they coming from? And where are U.S. students going? Here’s where.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:13 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Students

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013

England vs Scotland: Competing school reform visions

Scotland and England assess the reasons for their educational problems differently, and come up with different solutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International School Reform, What U.S. Can Learn

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Where U.S. stands in education internationally — new report

The United States is behind in early childhood education but spends more on education than other countries.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Ed, etc., International Comparisons, Teachers

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013

"We're Number Umpteenth!": The myth of lagging U.S. schools

The premise that American students lag behind counterparts in other countries is so widely accepted that it's casually repeated by just about everyone -- including educators. Here's why it's wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Comparisons

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/15/2013

U.S. scores on international test lowered by sampling error: report

A sampling error in the U.S. administration of the most recent international test known as PISA resulted in average scores being lower than they should have been, according to a new report that questions just how much these international exams reveal about American public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Tests, Results Questioned

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/11/2012

What international test scores really mean

Here we go again. New international test scores were released today and their meaning are in the eye of the interpreter. Here are some headlines from different new sites with some different takes on the results -- and one headline you didn't see but should.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Tests, Test Scores, The Headline You Didn't See

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012

French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

French President François Hollande, would likely win a popularity contest among school children around the world with his promise to end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country's education system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homework; school reform, International

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011

'It makes no sense:' A dissection of Obama's education view

Here is a dissection of what President Obama said about education in his State of the Union speech, plus more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  china and india and education, china education, chinese schools, education, education policy, education reform, indian schools, international competitiveness, obama speech, president obama, president obama school reform, public schools, race to the top, school reform, schools, state of the union, u.s. education

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Test scores and economic competitiveness

What does international economic competitiveness have to do with kids’ test scores? Not much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  international competitiveness, international test scores, pisa scores, test scores, u.s. economy

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/14/2010

How Shanghai topped PISA rankings -- and why it's not big news in China

Q) How did Shanghai students, participating in a high-profile international exam for the first time, able to land at the top of the math, reading and science rankings? A) An obsession with test taking, to the exclusion of a lot of other things. Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao explain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:43 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  Yong Zhao, diane ravitch, finland and pisa, international test comparisons, international test rankings, international test scores, pisa, pisa rankings, pisa results, shanghai and pisa, shanghai students, u.s. performance on international tests, u.s. performance on pisa

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/12/2010

What international test scores really tell us: Lessons buried in PISA report

Buried in the data report about the latest international results of PISA are lessons that show how U.S. education policy is failing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  PISA, PISA scores, U.S. PISA scores, arne duncan, education policy, how u.s. fares in international rankings, international rankings, international test scores, obama education policy, pisa, the american dream

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Hysteria over PISA misses the point

Reaction in the United States to the PISA results -- in which American 15 year olds scored essentially average in reading, math and science -- was swift, sharp, and perhaps hysterical. But it missed the big point: No Child Left Behind didn't do anything to improve things.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:27 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests | Tags:  international comparisons, nclb, no child left behind, pisa, pisa rankings, pisa reaction, u.s. scoring on pisa, where u.s. ranks in pisa

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/07/2010

Sample PISA questions given to 15-year-olds

Here are some sample questions given to 15-year-old students on the PISA exam. Test yourself.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  international comparisons, pisa, pisa questions, pisa results, sample questions

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Do international test comparisons make sense?

Tomorrow we will learn the latest results of a major international test, and we can expect a lot of angst over the ranking of U.S. students. Before the hullabalo starts, let's look back at what Gerald Bracey thought about international comparisons. The short answer: Not much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  gerald bracey, how u.s. students fare internationally, how u.s. students rank, international comparisons, pisa, standardized tests, timss, u.s. comparisons internationally

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/15/2010

China overtakes India as No. 1 source of foreign students in U.S.

China zoomed past India as the main source of foreign students coming to the United States to go to school, with a 30 percent jump in Chinese students in a single year, according to a new report released today. It was the first time that China had sent the most students to American schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:50 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research | Tags:  china overtakes india, china tops india, foreign students, international students, international students increase, open doors

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/18/2010

Protesters call IB program un-American. Is it?

How American history is taught is clearly on the minds of protesters in Idaho who trying to get the International Baccalaurate program tossed out of schools because, they say, it is, anti-American, and of Arizona legislators who passed a law restricting ethnic studies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  AP,IB,honors, AP,IB,honors | Tags:  IB protesters, arizona ethnic studies, arizona law and immigrants, ethnic studies law, history, international baccalaureate, law restricting ethnic studies

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/09/2009

A New World Ranking Of Top Universities--And Why Such Lists Are Nonsense

There is sure to be angst in some education quarters now that a new list of top universities around the world has just been published in Britain--and American schools did not do as well as they did last year. Since Friday is the day for lists on The Answer Sheet, read on for a list of the top universities that were ranked--and a list of reasons why such lists have no merit. That's a lot of lists.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  international university rankings, university rankings