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    You’re being rather obtuse.  Ken stated:

    When international test scores are adjusted for degree of poverty, we just about match any country in the world, and our top students can match their top students.

    Your linked data doesn’t address disaggregated scored based on socio-economic status.  You need to read some statistical analysis on educational testing data before you slap rote "facts" on here.  To help you out:

    Bracey books

    Consider this from the Washington Post:

    Those roles are more likely to fall to those scoring well. A publication from OECD itself observes that if one examines the number of highest-scoring students in science, the United States has 25% of all high-scoring students in the world (at least in “the world” as defined by the 58 nations taking part in the assessment—the 30 OECD nations and 28 “partner” countries). Among nations with high average scores, Japan accounted for 13% of the highest scorers, Korea 5%, Taipei 3%, Finland 1%, and Hong Kong 1%. Singapore did not participate.

    The picture emerging from this highest-scorer comparison is far different than that suggested by the frequently cited national average comparisons; it is a picture that suggests many American schools are actually doing very well indeed.

    Here is the link to the full article

    international test comparisons

    Socio Economic Status is what is driving achievement gaps. To slam the educational system for this is lazy.

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