Making the Grade International Testing that is Used to Predict the Grim Future of US Science and Technology is Being Vastly Misinterpreted,

Nature, Vol 453:1, May 2008

3 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013

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Hal Salzman

Rutgers University; The Urban Institute

B. Lindsay Lowell

Georgetown University

Date Written: May 08

Abstract

Improving education should be a priority for the nation, but erroneous interpretations of international test scores may drive economic and competitiveness policy in the wrong direction. When we consider that education testing shows formidable US strength as the largest producer of top-scoring students alongside a significant problem at the bottom, the threat to future competitiveness seems to be something quite different from the headlines. Caution is needed so we neither create policies that overstock the science and technology workforce nor unthinkingly implement the education and social practices in other high-scoring countries.

Keywords: education, internation testing, student performance

JEL Classification: I00, H50

Suggested Citation

Salzman, Hal and Lowell, Briant Lindsay, Making the Grade International Testing that is Used to Predict the Grim Future of US Science and Technology is Being Vastly Misinterpreted, (May 08). Nature, Vol 453:1, May 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2206667

Hal Salzman (Contact Author)

Rutgers University ( email )

E.J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
J. J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

HOME PAGE: http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/salzman/

The Urban Institute ( email )

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Briant Lindsay Lowell

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20007
United States

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