U.S. students scores mediocre
Our scores were flat since 2003 and continue to be below the average of of the 30 OECD countries and in the middle of all the countries where students were tested.
Here is what the U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, had to say in a press release that arrived this morning.
"While disappointing, it speaks to what President Bush has long been advocating for: more rigor in our nation's high schools; additional resources for advanced courses to prepare students for college-level studies; and stronger math and science education. In fact, students are being assessed in science Under No Child Left Behind this school year. And, the President has proposed making science assessments an element of states' accountability calculations.
I wonder what teachers and principals out there believe? Do you think more testing in science would improve teaching and knowledge?