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Misplaced Concerns on Student Science and Math Performance in International Comparisons?!

In Becoming ruminative in education on January 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

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It seemed that over the past decade, international comparison test scores on science and math have carried heavy duty implications and served as impetus for policy-making for the US Department of Education.   The mission for K-12 educators, administrators, and policy makers to scheme and help improve education so that our schoolchildren can perform better than other schoolchildren in foreign countries is  as explicit as in the objectives in education reform acts such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, both of which emphasized inculcation of science and math.   While the concern for low-performance is widely acknowledged, it begs the question though regarding the larger context of education and what correlations do high international comparison test scores carry.

The below opinion piece from New Scientist provides an interesting perspective on how to decipher student performance on international comparison tests such as TIMSS and PISA.

West vs Asia education rankings are misleading

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