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AM News: International Test Scores Released

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Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US AP: Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found.

International Test Scores Expose U.S. Education Problem HuffPost: The U.S. performed above average on international standardized tests in elementary and middle school math, science and reading, according to reports released Tuesday. But experts said the rankings, along with similar exams that test students at later ages, show a fundamental problem in America's education system: students tend to perform worse as they age.

U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in Math and Science, Tests Show NYT: American fourth and eighth graders continued to fall behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations, according to new test results.

More Teachers 'Flipping' The School Day Upside Down NPR: With "classroom flipping," teachers record their classroom lectures online for students to watch at home. Classroom time is then used for problem solving and homework.

Teaching-Fellowship Program Expands Its Reach TeacherBeat: New Jersey will become the first East Coast state to join a nationally recognized program that seeks to revamp teacher preparation and turn out more educators in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, state officials reported Friday.

 

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That, for the average student, the longer you stay in American schools, the further you fall behind your foreign competition, has been well established for some time now, even if that bad news has been denied by defenders of the status quo. The news that, in particular, our advanced students are not doing well in comparison with their peers overseas will hopefully open some eyes. Yet a solution is at hand, if we can only persuade our current public school authorities to stop blocking opportunities for deserving students like mine to excel. But a country where No Child Left Behind rules is one in which few children get ahead, while the bulk of our children are being left behind. This is increasingly a little less true for our average children, whose scores are improving; but our approach of teaching secondary mathematics as a separate pre-algebra/algebra/geometry/algebra 2 sequence, with the forgetting of algebra and geometry for separate years at a time and of statistics for all of these years, has to change.

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