Press Highlights

Bursting the Great American Bubble: High School

JUNE 28, 2016; BLOOMBERG VIEW


There are commodity bubbles, stock bubbles, bond bubbles -- and education bubbles. American high schools are a classic education bubble, if by bubble we mean a mismatch between a commodity’s real-world value and the value the public places on the commodity. Read more...

Why One District Added Another Test

JUNE 23, 2015; EDUCATION WEEK


It is the end of the school year and thus testing season is coming to a close. While it seems that everyone from parents to teachers to John Oliver are talking about reducing the testing burden, the Bellevue School District actually added one. Superintendent Tim Mills explains why. Read more...

Dr. Breeden: Can a test help a school system achieve world-leading outcomes?

JUNE 10, 2015; LOUDOUN TIMES


Recently while heading into work, I realized how much I was looking forward to my day. What was on my calendar? Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) was partnering with the Global Learning Network (part of America Achieves) to host a day of learning for teachers and... Read more...

Barrington students score well on international assessment

JANUARY 28, 2015; EAST BAY NEWS


A group of 15 year-olds from Barrington High School scored better on a recent academic assessment on average than their peers from China, Finland, Korea and dozens of other countries around the worldThe Barrington School Department shared results from the recent... Read more...

Preparing students for a global society

JANUARY 23, 2015; HOUSTON CHRONICLE


This week, the Houston Independent School District will host school administrators from across the state, all gathering to discuss the importance of making sure Texas students are globally competitive.It's no longer enough for our students to simply graduate from high school. They... Read more...


Test lets Wisconsin schools see how they stack up internationally

NOVEMBER 30, 2014; MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL


It's been known for a while that U.S. students trail their counterparts in some other countries on academic performance measures. But some Wisconsin high schools are actually performing above the level of the highest-performing "economy" in the world — Shanghai, China... Read more...


Exam asks students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life situations

JULY 10, 2014; PBS NEWSHOUR


A new report finds that U.S. students’ financial literacy is only average compared to students worldwide. So what can be done to improve the performance of our schools? Education correspondent John Merrow reports on one test that may help American students compete... Watch...

Quietly, a New Test Gains Advocates

JUNE 2014; THE HARVARD EDUCATION LETTER


As educators and policymakers continue to debate the value of the new Common Core assessments and other mandatory assessments, a small but growing number of schools and districts are signing up to participate in a new and different kind of test: the OECD Test for Schools... Read more...

Learning From a Test

JANUARY 7, 2014; EDUCATION WEEK


We heard a lot last month about global competitiveness, and learned that the United States is not faring as well as one would hope on the Program for International Student Assessment. Though it may be tempting to just focus on the PISA rankings, it is important to look beyond... Read more...

Our schools should play on a world stage

DECEMBER 2, 2013; THE BALTIMORE SUN


Educators need to have a clear understanding of how well we're educating students, not just in comparison to other students within the region or the nation but throughout the world. As the country moves beyond the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) era of high-stakes, low-utility... Read more...