Description

Use the sites listed below to answer the prompt.

  • The site of the National Center for Education Statistics, a government effort to collect and analyze data about education in the United States and other nations: https://nces.ed.gov/
  • Access to ERIC, the comprehensive collection of research and ideas about all facets of education: https://eric.ed.gov
  • Site of Education Week on the Web, a weekly journal with news, evaluation, and analyses of various aspects of education: http://www.edweek.org/
  • Links to an external site.
    • Hint: Though informative, the site is less likely to offer data and/or academic sources

**Prompt**

i.) The text points out that American elementary and high school students do not score as high on tests of math and science as do students in many other nations.

  • Find information on math and/or science in Japan or one of the European nations.
    • Hint: Search for ‘comparative studies ‘ and/or ‘math scores,’ ‘science scores,’ ‘educational attainment,’ etc.
  • What are they doing that can help explain the higher scores?
  • What recommendations would you make for American schools to close the gap in the scores?
    • Explain your answer(s) and cite sources properly.
  • Based on your comparisons, what do you think could improve educational success rates among Americans compared to these other nations? And why?
    • Comparatively, what do you think is missing from your educational experiences?