In a video presentation posted by Pop! Tech Amandy Ripley describes her effort to solve a mystery. The mystery? Why are US educational outcomes mediocre relative to other countries. To make her point, she posts the map below.
Ripley does take the time to control for poverty and ethnicity and even when you isolate children, coming from homes of the top 25% of wage earners, no US “purple” state emerges—a state that would measure up to the top performing countries. Ripley attributes a lot of this to the challenge and the level of effort required of many US classrooms.
Her points are compelling and to her credit, she’s allowed her presentation to be posted so we can all hear what she has to say. She notes that Common Core is a chance to match the rigor of what our students do in school to that of the highest performing countries.