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U.S. Students Never Shown To Perform Better Than Mediocre On International Math, Science, Reading Tests

Three of the nation’s foremost experts on international testing recently corrected common misconceptions about what international tests have and have not shown about the performance of U.S. students and those in other nations.

Peggy Carr, associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics; Jack Buckley, former commissioner of NCES and now director of research at the College Board; and Tom Loveless, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution recently briefed education reporters from around the nation in a session that could have been ”Mythbusters!”

All three showed convincingly that U.S. students’ performance on important international exams and on the domestic National Assessment of Educational Progress have been grossly misreported and misinterpreted, both by journalists and more often by their sources.