Friends interested in science and math education, I have some great news for you! All of the hype we’ve been hearing for years about the U.S. falling super-way-far behind in math and science scores can be explained by testing artifacts and the great range of achievement in our country. Education Week posted an article today that should raise the spirits of most of our educators. From the article:
“A new analysis of how all U.S. states stack up against countries around the world shows that 8th grade students in 36 states outperformed the international average in math and those in 47 did so in science.”
Some states are even top ten! ::applause::
A New York Times article articulates the characteristics of the top performing countries. It’s actually a pretty simple recipe: “a deep commitment to teacher training, peer-to-peer learning and constant professional development, a deep involvement of parents in their children’s learning, an insistence by the school’s leadership on the highest standards and a culture that prizes education and respects teachers.” Simple but not easy. Alabama, Mississippi, and the District of Columbia – we have some work to do.
- Most States Surpass Global Average in Math, Science (edweek.org)
- The Shanghai Secret (nytimes.com)