Saturday, February 9, 2013

Jay Matthews read the Economic Policy Institute Report!

I've been arguing that the disaggregated US data in international comparisons reveals that our perceived STEM problems are actually socioeconomic problems, and that our exam-focused "fixes"are hurting our students.

So I was very happy to see that Jay Matthews read the January 28 Report by the Economic Policy Institute on how we interpret the PISA (and TIMMS) national scores.  I've included the Executive Summary below,  Read the whole report here.   Read Jay Matthews Class Struggle column here.

Supporters of The Reading Connection, a non-profit coordinating read-aloud and book distribution programs for disadvantaged youth in Arlington and Alexandria, will be especially pleased to see the focus on the specific metric of books in homes (BH):

from Jay Mathew's Class Struggle:

Carnoy and Rothstein decided the best method was to use the data in the report that gives the number of books in the homes of the 15-year-olds who take the PISA. “Children in different countries have similar social class backgrounds if their homes have similar numbers of books,” they say. 


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