We needed a topic, and I'm sick of talking about Chris Christie, so I thought we'd talk about international comparisons. Why? Because they seem to be a lynchpin of the entire reformy argument: "Our kids suck compared to the rest of the world! Even our kids who we say don't suck really suck! 'Cause their teachers suck!" Blah, blah, blah...
It's just not true, and we need to say so. I thought it might be helpful, therefore, to have some links to my stuff and others about this topic.
First, here's me:
- International Test Score Comparison Fail - Part I
- International Test Score Comparison Fail - Part II
- Poverty, Shmoverty!
- Poverty, Shmoverty! Part II
- Poverty, Shmoverty - Part III
- Poverty, Shmoverty: Part IV
- Dare To Compare
- Poverty Matters
- The amazing truth about PISA scores: USA beats Western Europe, ties with Asia.
- How well do above average American States do compared to above average countries in test scores?
- Breaking Matt Yglesia's Heart
Valerie Strauss has had some excellent posts about international comparisons:
- What international test scores really tell us: Lessons buried in PISA report
- Hysteria over PISA misses the point
- You MUST read this one! Do international test comparisons make sense?
Of course, any time Matt DiCarlo tackles a topic, it's worth reading:
Same with Bruce Baker:
Here's Paul Thomas:
And Mel Riddille:
Zombies, pancakes, and test scores: bringing the world together.