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  •  This is excellent (5+ / 0-)
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    qofdisks, pacplate, Nance, talktothemike, Chi

    I'll add a couple of points.

    I'm not sure if it is true in all states, but in California, the expectations for a high school diploma are substantially higher than when I was a kid. High school students must pass algebra to graduate and now are expected to complete a high school exit exam. When I was a student, a substantial percentage of my classmates never took algebra.

    The expectations are higher through the whole curriculum, starting in the primary grades.

    And on the international rankings, the United States has never been at the top of those rankings. The slacker kids who got mediocre scores on the international comparisons in the 60's and 70's were the core of our booming economy in the 1990s.

    I would add that as the disaggregation of US PISA scores show, a big part of what that test measures, and values, is equity across all the people who take it.

    I wonder, and I'm only half joking, if all American workers had 6 weeks paid vacation as is the norm in Finland, if that might do more to raise our test scores than any of the other education reforms that get proposed.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:00:51 AM PDT

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