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U.S. mathematics scores linked to nation’s economic inequalities

August 1, 2011
Cross-country student achievement data rank the United States near the bottom when comparing affluent nations. This international ranking is often cited as cause for school reforms. The author of this paper examines PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) mathematics data to explore the relationship between widening economic inequalities in the United States and its international performance on standardized tests. The author suggests that structural economic inequalities may have a larger influence than schools on student performance.


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    Discipline: Education and learning science | History/policy/law
    Audience: Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators

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