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1-12-12 Education Week's Qualiity Counts 2012 Report published
EDUCATION WEEK - "Quality Counts 2012, takes a critical look at the nation's place among the world's public education systems. VeteranEducation Week journalists put to the test popular assumptions about the country's competitive status in education..."

EDUCATION WEEK - Quality Counts 2012

The Global Challenge: Education in a Competitive World

Read report highlights now, and join us for a livestream of the Quality Counts Press Event today, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Quality Counts 2012, takes a critical look at the nation's place among the world's public education systems. VeteranEducation Week journalists put to the test popular assumptions about the country's competitive status in education. Working with colleagues from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, they illuminate innovations in high-performing nations that have taken root in the United States, lessons to be drawn from the experience of other countries, and the promise and risks such strategies hold for U.S. policymakers. Plus, you'll find the critical benchmarks on school quality, and state-by-state ranking in this annual report. Read theexecutive summary of the report and its findings, or check out the articles and expert commentary:

U.S. Education Pressured by International Comparisons
Concern over U.S. students' middling test scores vies with caution about cultural and other factors that shape school improvement.

Common-Core Standards Drew on Ideas from Abroad
Other nations' curricula and standards were important in crafting the learning goals most states have adopted.

Maintaining the Federal Role in Accountability
The federal government should play a discrete and powerful role in education accountability, writes former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Finland's Success Is No Miracle
Many of the ideas behind Finland's internationally recognized education system were born abroad, writes Pasi Sahlberg.

On Policy, Student Achievement, States Pressing to Measure Up
Education Week
's annual survey finds that despite continued economic pressure, the U.S. and its states made incremental gains on key indicators. Still, challenges remain. This state of the states report features the important indices on Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement, Standards, Assessments, and Accountability, and School Finance. (Subscription required after preview.)


State Report Cards Map
This interactive map offers a quick way to examine state-by-state grades and summary data.

State Highlights Reports
Looking for detailed state data? The State Highlights Reports assemble findings on each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and compare individual state data against national data. This informative compilation is available as an immediate download for only $4.95.
Get one now!

Plus, more free tools, including grading calculators so you can calculate your own state's performance using your own weighting scale, trending charts, and economic snapshots. Check them out now!


Live-stream of QC press event, Jan 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Join the editors of Quality Counts and leaders in the field, including Pasi Sahlberg and Margaret Spellings, for The Global Challenge: Education in a Competitive World. Presentations and roundtable discussions will grapple with the key issues that continue to define and shape the national education debate.
Watch the event live today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Live Chat, Jan 13, 2 p.m. ET: What U.S. Schools Can Learn From High-Performing Countries
Join Education Week and education experts Alan Ginsburg and Andreas Schleicher for a conversation about why international comparisons of academic skill matter, and how those comparisons should, or should not, be used to shape policy in U.S. schools. Sign up now!

Enjoy the benchmark reporting provided in Quality Counts 2012.

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