New Study Finds U.S. Behind in Education, But Who's Ahead?
Last week, a bipartisan group of 28 state legislators from across the country released a 27-page report on the status of U.S. public education performance in relation to the rest of the world. The report was in response to a 2013 study that showed the U.S. falling behind other countries including China, Singapore, Estonia, Poland, and Korea. You can read the full report here.
What the policymakers identified was that the top-performing countries took great steps to ensure that children arrive at school ready to learn. These high-performing countries created varying levels of social support programs to ensure that working families were provided with resources such as child care that allowed parents to focus on the needs of school-aged children within the home.
The report also studied the impact of educator compensation in relation to student performance and identified the correlation between countries that promote a world-class instructional system and higher performance, going so far as to state, "The highly professional teaching force is well prepared, well compensated and well supported throughout their careers."
Recommendations made by the study group include:
- Building an inclusive team of state and local policymakers, teachers, principals, superintendents, unions, businesses, parents, and students to develop a vision for reform and to identify priorities.
- Reconsider what you think is working, and call on education systems to take a comprehensive approach to review all aspects of the state's education.
- Create a shared vision among statewide stakeholders.
- Establish benchmark policies, leading to long-term success.
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