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News from EPI EPI experts to discuss drawbacks of using international tests to craft education policy

On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, EPI will hold a discussion on student performance and why inter-state comparisons may be able to teach us more than international tests about how to improve academic performance. Martin Carnoy, Stanford University professor, and Emma Garcia, EPI economist, will provide an overview of their new paper and discuss their findings with James Harvey, director of the National Superintendents Roundtable and William H. Schmidt, professor, Michigan State University.

The quality of education in the United States has been heavily criticized in part because of U.S. students’ performance on international tests, such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Although simple country averages may support such criticisms, there are many problems in comparing test scores of students in the U.S. as a whole with students in countries with very different social and educational environments. Not least of these problems is that students in the United States do not attend school in a “U.S. educational system,” but rather in at least 51 different systems, many of which have experienced very significant progress over time. In a new paper to be released Friday, Carnoy and Garcia argue that the most relevant lessons for improving U.S. education may therefore be found in our successful states, rather than in other countries.

What: Panel discussion and release of EPI paper, Bringing it back home: Why state comparisons are more useful than international comparisons for improving student performance

Who: Martin Carnoy, professor, Stanford University
Emma García, economist, Economic Policy Institute
James Harvey, director of the National Superintendents Roundtable
William H. Schmidt, professor, Michigan State University
Moderator: Mary Beth Marklein, U.S. correspondent for University World News

Where: Economic Policy Institute
1333 H Street NW, Suite 300

When: 10:30 a.m. Eastern
Friday, October 30, 2015

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