Tag Archives: international competitiveness

Foreign Exchange Students: U.S. Classes are Easy

The “Brown Center Report on American Education,” published annually by the Brookings Institution, always offers interesting tidbits about the state of American education.  In this year’s edition, senior fellow Tom Loveless discusses results from a recent Brookings survey of 600 foreign exchange students.  The institution conducted a similar survey in 2001, so last year’s effortContinue Reading






It’s official: Dumb millennials are going to destroy America

If you were born after 1980, you’re a “millennial.”  And if you are a millennial, you’re going to ruin America. As a Generation X “slacker,” I know to take these generational generalizations with a grain of salt. But I have to admit that the performance of a representative sample of American millennials on the PS-TRE,Continue Reading






Christensen: Student performance has nothing to do with policy

OK, so the title of this blog post is a bit of an exaggeration.  I doubt that News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen believes that student performance has nothing to do with debates over K-12 education policy. But I was taken aback by his latest piece, titled “NC’s kids are doing better than you think.”Continue Reading






PISA 2012 reading scores

The following is a list of education systems that scored higher than the United States on the 2012 International Student Assessment (PISA) reading test: Shanghai-China 570 Hong Kong-China 545 Singapore 542 Japan 538 Korea, Republic of 536 Finland 524 Ireland 523 Chinese Taipei 523 Canada 523 Poland 518 Estonia 516 Liechtenstein 516 New Zealand 512Continue Reading






PISA 2012 math scores

The following is a list of education systems that scored higher than the United States on the 2012 International Student Assessment (PISA) math test: Shanghai-China 613 Singapore 573 Hong Kong-China 561 Chinese Taipei 560 Korea, Republic of 554 Macao-China 538 Japan 536 Liechtenstein 535 Switzerland 531 Netherlands 523 Estonia 521 Finland 519 Canada 518 PolandContinue Reading






U.S. falling behind in reading, math, and science

The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released today.  The news was not good. Education Week reports, U.S. performance in reading, math, and science has remained stagnant since 2009 as other nations have plowed ahead, according to new results from a prominent international assessment. Nineteen countries and education systems scored higher thanContinue Reading






Harvard Business School report: U.S. has a competitiveness problem

A report released today by the Havard Business School should be required reading for every politician and pundit in America. The survey findings help us pinpoint where the roots of the competitiveness problem lie.  Respondents saw the underlying business environment in America as still strong in critical areas, but no keeping pace with other economies,Continue Reading