Four Surprising Truths About U.S. Schooling

Education Next | June 25, 2019

Four Surprising Truths About U.S. Schooling
The OECD recently issued its new book-length report, “Measuring Innovation in Education 2019.” As I’ve previously noted (here and here), the authors offer some fascinating peeks at how the OECD nations compare when it comes to policy and practice around STEM and language arts. Today, I’ll dig into this one last time to flag a few surprising findings that seem to challenge received wisdom. Emphasis on testing is pretty typical by international standards: There’s been much talk in recent years about the rise of “test and punish” schooling, and I certainly share the sentiment that testing mania went too far. Notably, though, for better and worse, it appears that U.S. practice during the 2007-2015 period has broadly reflected OECD norms. In the OECD, in 2015, 77 percent of math teachers in 2015 reported that they “put major emphasis on classroom tests to monitor students’ progress”; the U.S. figure was 83. Both figures rose about the same half-dozen points from 2007 (Figure 9.3). In science, the OECD average increased from 60 percent to 73 percent; the U.S. figure from 52 percent to 66 percent (Figure 9.4). In other words, the U.S. was a bit above the international norm in math and a bit lower in science. While there may be too much testing across the globe, it’s hard to look at this and argue that the U.S. is an outlier.

Spotlight

Teachers at Regional School Unit No. 10 (RSU No. 10) were struggling with tech challenges. Siloed systems for testing, grades, and class content made it difficult to assess, evaluate and analyze student performance. Plus, multiple logins and juggling between multiple applications took away from critical teaching and planning time.

Spotlight

Teachers at Regional School Unit No. 10 (RSU No. 10) were struggling with tech challenges. Siloed systems for testing, grades, and class content made it difficult to assess, evaluate and analyze student performance. Plus, multiple logins and juggling between multiple applications took away from critical teaching and planning time.

Related News

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

CYPHER LEARNING Raises $40 Million Growth Equity from Invictus Growth Partners to Drive Innovation in the Global Business and K-20 Education Markets

CYPHER LEARNING | June 21, 2021

CYPHER LEARNING, a leading provider of learning management systems for businesses and educational institutions, said today that it had received $40 million in growth equity from Invictus Growth Partners ("Invictus"), marking the company's first outside funding. The funds will be used to increase sales, marketing, and development of its cutting-edge learning platform and increase profitability. John DeLoche, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Invictus, will join the Board of Directors of CYPHER LEARNING. CYPHER LEARNING is the only business that offers a learning management system (LMS) for all major e-learning sectors. MATRIX LMS for Businesses, NEO LMS for Schools and Universities, and INDIE LMS for Entrepreneurs are the company's three award-winning products. The products are used by over 20,000 organizations worldwide and are accessible in over 40 languages. The worldwide LMS industry is projected to be worth more than $21 billion. Still, it remains highly fragmented and inhabited by outmoded, small-scale firms that have not kept up with the current requirements of businesses and educational institutions. This huge market has created tremendous growth possibilities for CYPHER LEARNING as its cutting-edge learning platform gains momentum due to its intuitive user experience, robust functionality, and unique approach to teaching and learning. "CYPHER LEARNING's unique positioning in the industry, as well as the large addressable market in both the business and K-2O sectors, has resulted in phenomenal growth, which we expect to accelerate over the coming few years," said Graham Glass, CEO, and Founder of CYPHER LEARNING. "The CYPHER LEARNING platform provides many advantages to businesses and educational institutions, including ease of use, consistency of learning, innovative tracking and reporting, greater engagement, and improved learning outcomes. Graham and his leadership team have developed a world-class learning platform with revolutionary automation, mobile, social, and gamification capabilities that are designed to scale and dominate the market across all industries. We are happy to collaborate with CYPHER LEARNING and look forward to helping them accomplish their goals." Invictus Growth Partners Co-Founder and Managing Partner John DeLoche said About CYPHER LEARNING CYPHER LEARNING is a San Francisco-based company specializing in delivering learning platforms to companies all around the globe. MATRIX LMS for Businesses, NEO LMS for Schools and Universities, and INDIE LMS for Entrepreneurs are the three products offered by CYPHER LEARNING. Over 20,000 companies use the products, which support 40+ languages, and have received numerous awards. CYPHER LEARNING is the only company currently providing platforms in all main e-learning sectors, including academic, corporate, and entrepreneurship. About Invictus Growth Partners Invictus Growth Partners is a growth equity and buyout company that invests in bootstrapped and capital-efficient cloud software, cybersecurity, and fintech companies looking for capital and strategic expertise to drive their growth. The firm and all of its employees are based in San Francisco, California.

Read More

VR Opens Doors to Virtual Classrooms for Students During COVID-19

pico | May 27, 2020

Virtual reality (VR) continues to open up a world of opportunities for several industries including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, military training, and, of course, gaming. But the technology’s ability to deliver immersive and stimulating educational content is perhaps one of its most beneficial applications. Whether it’s providing students with a vibrant, virtual world for learning key educational content, training medical students in a safe and controlled virtual environment, or making cultural institutions and galleries around the world accessible to all, the opportunities are endless. Pico Interactive, a creator of VR platforms, and VictoryXR, which develops VR and AR education solutions, have formed a partnership to help educate and engage students with remote learning for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More

U.S. News & World Report Announces Strategic Relationship With Crimson Education

PR Newswire | August 17, 2020

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today announced a new strategic relationship with Crimson Education. As the world's leading university admissions support company, Crimson Education specializes in helping students get into their dream universities, whether it be for undergraduate or graduate programs. This joint effort is expected to allow both organizations to better provide articles, webinars, and other information for students and their families about best-fit universities, the academic experience, updates in education, and admissions metrics.Over the past three decades, U.S. News has worked to provide students and their families with the most robust data on the education options available to them. This work has expanded to include the data-driven rankings of Best Colleges, Best High Schools, Best Graduate Schools, and more. Through USNews.com, users will be able to access Crimson Education's webinars, eBooks, and other content that will offer unique insights on the college search and application process. Crimson Education will also provide a 10% discount on its services to U.S. News College Compass® subscribers. Crimson Education offers a comprehensive plan for individual students, laying out the steps, and providing access to the tools they need to succeed throughout high school. Students are paired with an expert team based on their personality and learning style. Crimson also works with undergraduate students and young professionals aiming for graduate programs.

Read More