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Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education Presentation to the North Carolina Accountability Conference February 18, 2009. Ilene Berman Program Director , Education Division National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Call to Action

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Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class EducationPresentation to the North Carolina Accountability Conference February 18, 2009

Ilene Berman

Program Director, Education Division

National Governors Association

Center for Best Practices

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Call to Action

Recommendations for State Action and Federal Support Developed by Advisory Group

Published by the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve, Inc.

why is international benchmarking important
Why Is International Benchmarking Important?
  • Students are competing in a global economy
  • Increased demand for higher skills
  • Opportunities to learn from other countries’ policies and practices
  • Tackling the equity issues is critical
it s all in the data
It’s All in the Data
  • U.S. showed gains in math (TIMSS 2007)
  • U.S. performance on PISA performed below average in science and way below in math (2006)
  • American 15-year-olds ranked 25th in math and 21st in science achievement on PISA (2006)
  • U.S. had the third highest gap in science scores between students from different socioeconomic groups (TIMSS 2006)
  • GDP would increase an additional 5 percent in 32 years from now if U.S. performance on international tests were at the level of top-performing countries
  • College graduation rates dropped from 1st (1995) to 14th (2006)
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A world of change in baseline qualificationsApproximated by percentage of persons with high school or equivalent qualifications in the age groups 55-64, 45-55, 45-44 and 25-34 years (2006)

%

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13

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27

1. Excluding ISCED 3C short programmes 2. Year of reference 2004

3. Including some ISCED 3C short programmes 3. Year of reference 2003.

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College-level Graduation RatesPercentage of tertiary type A graduates to the population at the typical age of graduation
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Comparing North Carolina with Nations and Other States in Percentage of College Degree Attainment (ages 25-34)
myths about international comparisons
Myths about International Comparisons
  • Other countries test a more select, elite group of students
  • The U.S. performs poorly because of poverty and other family factors
  • Cultural factors prevent U.S. students from performing as well as those in other nations
  • Other countries are less diverse
  • U.S. attainment rates cannot be compared with other countries
  • Wealthier countries spend more than the U.S. on education
  • Education does not affect the economy
actions states can take to benchmark their systems
Actions States Can Take to Benchmark Their Systems
  • Upgrade state standards by adopting a common core of internationally benchmarked standards in math and language arts for K-12
  • Leverage states’ collective influence to ensure that textbooks, digital media, curricula, and assessments are aligned to internationally benchmarked standards
  • Revise state policies for recruiting, preparing, developing and supporting teachers and school leaders
  • Hold schools and systems accountable through monitoring, interventions and support to ensure consistently high performance
  • Measure state-level education performance globally by examining student achievement and attainment
the federal government s role
The Federal Government’s Role
  • Offer new funding or allow existing funds to be used to help underwrite the cost for states to implement the recommendations
  • Increase the federal government’s investment or focus existing resources toward better research & development
  • Offer a range of tiered incentives for states
  • Change existing federal laws to align national education policies with lessons learned from states and federal research funds
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Download the report

http://nga.org/Files/pdf/0812BENCHMARKING.PDF

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