Friday, March 27, 2009

US Still Has Education Problems Compared to Other Countries

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics on “Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2009” has just been released. We still need to worry about what our kids are not learning.

Figure 12a in the report, shown here, indicates that for children who come from wealthy households, shown by the light gray bars, the US Science score of 541 only exceeded children of wealthy parents in the Russian Federation and Italy.

For students whose parents come from the least wealthy families, in each country, shown by the blue bars, our kids only beat out Italy.

In addition, I looked at the poor-to-wealthy score gap for each country. Our gap of 96 points (541 minus 445) was only exceeded by France. That raises equity issues, as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's noteworthy that among students in the primary and lower secondary grades in the G-8 nations in 2006, the United States had the highest percentage of students in families with an income at or below half of the median income. Canada 37.8%, France 17.4%, Germany 30.7%, Italy 19.5%, United Kingdom 38.6%, and the United States 42.2%. (See Table 8 of the report.)