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The results of international assessments of student achievement are far more nuanced than the headlines lead us to believe. Having examined six comparisons of performance — in various subjects and at various levels — by students in the U.S. and other industrialized nations, Mr. Boe and Ms. Shin conclude that the dire pronouncements about America’s standing are greatly exaggerated.


Copyright Phi Delta Kappa International. Reprinted from Phi Delta Kappan, Volume 86, Issue 9, May 2005, pages 688-695.

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Date Posted: 04 April 2006