Document Number: 8082International Lessons About National Standards - In 1997, a multi-national testing program (TIMSS) released its results comparing the academic performance of children in some 40 countries. Germany and the United States were startled to find themselves performing well below Japan and other top-achieving countries. Recent international studies have been no kinder to the United States. Economists and CEOs tell us this is a threat to our properity and security. The process of establishing national standards will require time, patience and a great deal of compromise. But we postpone the inevitable at our peril. (William Schmidt, Richard Houang and Sharif Shakrani, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, May 2009)...
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