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  •  gah! i wish i could edit... (0+ / 0-)

    i was actually reading about the pisa earlier today.  wikipedia says this about it:  

    It should be noted that the adjustment for poverty levels in the US done by "PISA: It's Poverty Not Stupid", was not similarly done for the other countries it was comparing. Therefore, this adjustment is comparing the averages of the other countries with the areas of 10% to 25% poverty levels in America.

    after looking at the primary document, it looks like wikipedia is totally wrong.  Riddle compares US students at schools with less than 10% poverty to overall countries with less than 10% poverty.  and then he again does that with the 11%-25% range US poverty level to those countries with overall poverty rates falling in that range.

    i guess what the wikipedia quote means is that Riddle adjusted for schools in the US and not for the other countries.  in other words, the population of students in those other countries may not be distributed evenly.  and that makes the comparison imperfect.  that's gotta be it, right?  

    •  Over 25% of American children live in poverty (0+ / 0-)

      and that's poverty as defined by our absurdly low poverty line number.

      That's frankly appalling.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri May 06, 2011 at 09:27:07 PM PDT

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      •  yah, totally.... (0+ / 0-)

        that fact really jumped out at me also when i was looking at the charts.  frankly, i was surprised by the numbers.  the inequity in this country is not well publicized is it?

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