Comparing public-school apples to apples?
July 9, 2011 10:11 AM Subscribe
Where can I find information comparing the educational quality provided by the *best* public schools in America with your average public schools elsewhere in the industrialized world?
posted by catesbie to Education (5 answers total)
I've read a lot about how poorly American students perform compared with their counterparts in the rest of the industrialized world. However, I realize that a lot of that is undoubtedly related to the obvious disparity in the quality American education provided to students of different economic classes.
So I'm curious about how American students from the BEST public schools perform against their European/Asian/what-have-you counterparts, because I myself went to one of these schools - one of the top public high schools in my state - and frankly I still think my education was kind of lacking, particularly compared to what many of my European friends got. Is there any data out there that will give me a sense of how my own education stands up to what I would have received elsewhere?
And while I'm also tangentially curious about how a place like Andover stands up against a place like Eton, I'm primarily interested in public education, and whether there are any American students in the state system who are getting an education comparable to what is on offer elsewhere, or whether they're all just universally hosed.