|2-22-17 Education in the News|
Star Ledger--Which countries have the smartest kids? See how the U.S. ranks
When it comes to math, science and reading, the test scores of American teenagers still lag behind other industrial nations, according to a new study.
U.S. students rank in the middle of the pack on the one of the biggest cross-national tests, said a Pew Research report released Wednesday.
The study looked at the Programme for International Student Assessment, known as PISA. It is given every three years to 15-year-old students in countries around the world to measure their knowledge of math, science and reading.
The U.S. did not crack the top 20 countries in any of the subjects, according to Pew's rankings of the 2015 test results.
The results are consistent with other international tests, which also show U.S. students receive less rigorous training in core subjects than other nations.
By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated February 17, 2017
Education Week-- White House: Transgender-Student Rights Not a Federal Issue; New Guidance Coming
President Donald Trump believes that decisions around which restrooms and locker rooms transgender students use in schools are best left to the states, and his administration will soon issue new guidance on the issue, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.
That guidance will roll back a rule issued by the Obama administration that required schools to grant transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identity, even if it did not align with their biological sex at birth. Under that rule, schools that did not comply may have been found in violation of the sex-discrimination protections of Title IX, which Obama's Departments of Justice and Education argued applied to gender identity as well as biological sex.
The Trump administration had signaled a rollback of that rule, which had triggered multi-state lawsuits from conservative state leaders who labeled it federal overreach. A federal judge put the guidance on hold last year while he considered one of those cases, and the federal interpretation of Title IX is also at the center of a case due before the Supreme Court in March.
By Evie Blad on February 21, 2017 2:48 PM
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