Look to international benchmarks for solutions, not ammunition

03/13/2008 | Teacher Magazine (free registration)

Comparing the performance of American students with their international peers seems pointless when we've yet to understand why students at some U.S. schools outperform those in neighboring states, writes nationally certified music teacher Nancy Flanagan, a former Michigan teacher of the year. Despite years of lackluster academic performance, the U.S. remains a global economic superpower, and affluent U.S. students remain near the top of the pack in international comparisons.

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