Invitation to a Dialogue - An Excess of Testing - NYTimes.com
Jared Sperli stashed this in education
The mediocre performance of American students on international tests seems to show that our schools are doing poorly. But students from middle-class homes who attend well-funded schools rank among the best in the world on these tests, which means that teaching is not the problem. The problem is poverty. Our overall scores are unspectacular because so many American children live in poverty (23 percent, ranking us 34th out of 35 “economically advanced countries”).
How do we get Romney and Obama to admit that 23 percent of American children live in poverty?