Press Highlights

Bellevue students outperform national, global peers on international test

DECEMBER 16, 2016; THE SEATTLE TIMES


When the latest scores on an influential international test came out last week, policy wonks and politicians bemoaned the poor performance of U.S students, especially in math.

But that's not the picture in Bellevue, the one local school district that pays for a randomly selected group... Read more...

Local school, global workforce

DECEMBER 16, 2016; PEORIA TIMES


American students rank 20th in reading, 19th in science and 31st in math compared with students in 35 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to the results from the 2015 Programme for International Assessment, a triennial international survey that evaluates the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds.... Read more...

Lessons in excellence: Minnetonka, Orono districts seek constant betterment

DECEMBER 16, 2016; LAKESHORE WEEKLY NEWS

Being among the best in the country isn't enough for some school districts.

High test scores and state and national accolades are the norm for the Lake Minnetonka are school districts. Students enrolled in the schools can get a top-notch education, but officials at the Minnetonka and Orono school... Read more...

Letter: Local school prepares students for a global workforce

DECEMBER 10, 2016; WAYNE POST


American students rank 20th in reading, 19th in science and 31st in math compared with students in 35 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to the results from the 2015 Programme for International Assessment, a triennial international survey that evaluates the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds. Read more...

Can U.S high schools afford to ignore mediocre PISA scores? These students say no way

DECEMBER 6, 2016; HEAD IN THE SAND


I recently spoke to a handful of young women at a high school in North Carolina who had taken an international test that is getting a lot of attention today -- the PISA, a test taken by half a million 15-year-olds in 69 countries.

Tanatswa, Keshal, Anisha and Hope understand something a that seems to elude a lot of adults, even the... Read more...

Why One Houston High School Stands Out In Global Test Results

DECEMBER 6, 2016; HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA


In the latest round of global test results, the United States remained in the middle of the pack.

But one Houston school stood out and highlighted how the United States did the best out of all the developed countries to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged kids and their more affluent peers. Read more...

Blue Valley students outperform nearly every system on global math, science test

DECEMBER 6, 2016; THE KANSAS CITY STAR


When it comes to math and science, 15- and 16-year-old Blue Valley students are among the best in the world.

Results from an international exam taken by some 540,000 high school students around the globe were released Tuesday. And when compared to those scores, Blue Valley students outperformed every educational... Read more...

Math Scores Drop, But Achievement Gap Narrows for U.S. Teens in International Assessment

DECEMBER 6, 2016; EDSURGE NEWS


The results are in: The National Center for Education Statistics today released its findings for the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)... 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...

My Little (Global) School

APRIL 2, 2013; THE NEW YORK TIMES


There was a time when middle-class parents in America could be — and were — content to know that their kids’ public schools were better than those in the next neighborhood overAs the world has shrunk, though, the next neighborhood over is now Shanghai or Helsinki. So... Read more...