Quality Counts 2012: The Global Challenge - Education in a Competitive World

January 12, 2012

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American educators comb the data from school systems in other countries for clues to what might work closer to home.
Concern over U.S. students' middling test scores vies with caution about cultural and other factors that shape school improvement.
Why is it important to study schools from other countries? Watch and listen to Education Week's reporters who studied the issue at large for Quality Counts.
Prestige and respect, not just salary, prove crucial in assuring a truly professional teacher workforce.
The right mix of content instruction and pedagogy is seen as crucial in preparing prospective teachers.
Assessment looms large even beyond the U.S., while other accountability measures also flourish.
Other nations' curricula and standards were important in putting crafting the learning goals most states have adopted.
Immigration policies, culture, and other factors complicate efforts to help foreign-born students and those learning a new language.
American policymakers examine how other nations invest in getting students ready for life after high school.
Community-based services are a priority in a system that funnels provincial aid to local schools.
Comparing Finland and Minnesota may prove instructive, experts say-but there's more to it than just scores.
Although praised for its students' education achievement, South Korea needs to boost the creative dimension of learning, Byong-man Ahn writes.
Michael Barber explains the critical lessons he learned while leading the implementation of school reforms in Tony Blair's administration.
Many of the ideas behind Finland's internationally recognized education system were born abroad, writes Pasi Sahlberg.
The federal government should play a discrete and powerful role in education accountability, writes former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
Education Week's annual survey finds that despite continued economic pressure, the U.S. and its states made incremental gains on key indicators. Still, challenges remain.
Includes tables with updated scores and letter grades on:
• Chance for Success
• K-12 Achievement
• Standards, Assessments, and Accountability
• Teaching Profession
• School Finance
This interactive map offers a quick way to examine state-by-state grades and summary data.
Your turn. Manipulate grades for states based on weighting schemes of your choice.
Looking for detailed state data? The State Highlights Reports assemble findings on each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and compare individual state data to national data.