2008 Report – Benchmarking for Success

Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education
A report by the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council of Chief
State School Officers (CCSSO), and Achieve, Inc.
From the Table of Contents:

III. Five Steps Toward Building Globally Competitive Education systems                 
Action 1:  Upgrade state standards by adopting a common core of internationally                             
benchmarked  standards in math and language arts for grades K-12 to ensure that
students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be globally competitive.

Action 2:  Leverage states’ collective influence to ensure that textbooks, digital media,
curricula, and assessments are aligned to internationally benchmarked standards and draw
on lessons from high-performing nations and states.
Action 3:  Revise state policies for recruiting, preparing, developing, and supporting
teachers and school leaders to reflect the human capital practices of top-performing
nations and states around the world.
Action 4:  Hold schools and systems accountable through monitoring, interventions,          
and support to ensure consistently high performance, drawing upon international best
Action 5:  Measure state-level education performance globally by examining student         
achievement and attainment in an international context to ensure that, over time, students
are receiving the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

Addressing the Equity Imperative                                                                                  

Read the Complete Report Here:
Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education

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