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The 2010 Brown Center Report on American Education

How Well Are American Students Learning?

By Tom Loveless.

Publication Year: 2011

An overarching theme of this year’s report is that events in the field of education are not always as they appear to be—and especially so with test scores. Whether commentators perpetrating myths of international testing, states winning races while evidencing only mediocre progress, or an eighth grade test dominated by content below the eighth grade, the story is rarely as simple as it appears on first blush. This report digs beneath the surface and uncover some of the complexities of these important issues.

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

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pp. 3-5

This edition of the Brown Center Report marks the tenth issue of the series and the final issue of Volume II. The publication began in 2000 with Bill Clinton in the White House and the Bush-Gore presidential campaign building toward its dramatic conclusion. That first report was organized in a three-part structure that all subsequent Brown Center Reports...

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Part I: International Tests

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pp. 6-12

The results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released in December 2010. The test is given every three years to students approximately 15 years of age. In the United States, most students taking PISA are in the fall semester of tenth grade. PISA measures reading literacy, mathematical...

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Part II: Who's Winning the Real Race to the Top?

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pp. 13-19

The Obama administration's key education initiative to date, Race to the Top, encouraged states to compete for federal grants by requiring them to promise several reforms. The program accomplished three objectives. First, it distributed billions of dollars to hard-strapped states desperate for revenue. Second, it incentivized states...

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Part III: NAEP and the Common Score State Standards

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pp. 20-27

Unlike most countries, the United States does not have national education standards, no single set of expectations for what all American teachers should teach and all American students should learn. It never has. A question that the rest of the world considers foundational to its national school systems—deciding the content...

E-ISBN-13: 9780815722366
E-ISBN-10: 0815722362
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815722328
Print-ISBN-10: 081572232X

Page Count: 28
Publication Year: 2011