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Poverty Cannot Explain America's Mediocre Test Scores

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

At a time when the national conversation is focused on lagging upward mobility and yawning income inequality, it is no surprise that many educators point to poverty as the explanation for American students’ mediocre test scores compared to their peers in other countries.

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Germany Is Leaving Its Bright Students Behind

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via EducationNext
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

In The Atlantic last month, Carly Berwick praised Germany for raising its nationwide test scores while simultaneously reducing educational inequality. That’s no small feat—and one well worthy of recognition and accolades.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Mediocre Test Scores

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Education Next
Friday, December 4, 2015

At a time when the national conversation is focused on lagging upward mobility, it is no surprise that many educators point to poverty as the explanation for mediocre test scores among U.S. students compared to those of students in other countries.

Failing Our Brightest Kids by Chester E. Finn and Brandon L. Wright
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Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, November 19, 2015

In this provocative volume, Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Brandon L. Wright argue that, for decades, the United States has done too little to focus on educating students to achieve at high levels.

Analysis and Commentary

Is America’s Poverty Rate Exceptional? It Depends On How You Define Poverty

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via EducationNext
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As a general rule, when scholars call your work “garbage” and “nonsensical,” either you’ve struck a nerve or made a horrible blunder.

Analysis and Commentary

The Left Seems To Define Poverty Up To Make America Look Worse Than It Is

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via National Review
Monday, November 16, 2015

As a general rule, when scholars call your work “garbage” and “nonsensical,” either you’ve struck a nerve or made a horrible blunder.

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A Different Kind Of Lesson From Finland

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Education Week
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Finland has been lauded for years as this planet's grand K-12 education success story, deserving of study and emulation by other nations.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Mediocre Test Scores

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Education Next
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

At a time when the national conversation is focused on lagging upward mobility, it is no surprise that many educators point to poverty as the explanation for mediocre test scores among U.S. students compared to those of students in other countries.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Unexceptional Poverty Rate

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via National Review
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Does the U.S. lead the world in childhood poverty? Absolutely not.

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How New York Fails Students Who Are Gifted But Poor

by Brandon L. Wright , Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Post
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New York is leaving gifted children behind. Scads of K–3 students in low-income neighborhoods aren’t even taking entrance exams for gifted programs. Four of the city’s 32 school districts don’t even have programs for gifted students, and many that do aren’t getting the word out. Which leaves it to savvy, pushy parents and watchful teachers to nudge kids forward, an arrangement that nearly always works better in middle-class communities.

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