The Second Derivative: Panel Discussion
In June of 2009, AIR released a new international grading index that provides states, school districts and policymakers with a way to determine where their students rank in comparison with their peers around the world finds that U.S. elementary school students show average performance, at best, in mathematics and are widely outperformed by their counterparts in several Asian countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Japan.
This new approach to benchmarking simplifies international comparisons by grading the countries, states and school districts with a comparable system that is more familiar to policymakers – grades of A, B, C, D, or BD (below a D). The study assumes that the international benchmark, against which we should calibrate our expectations and monitor our success, is a grade of B.
Below is the video of the panel discussion featuring:
- Gary Phillips, Vice President & Chief Scientist, American Institutes for Research
- Dane Linn, Executive Director, Education Division, National Governors Association
- Douglas Levin, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education
- Mitch Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education (on the phone)
Videos of the presentation and Q&A session are also available.