Class Warfare author Steven Brill debated Diane Ravitch on C-SPAN. Ravitch blamed poverty for low U.S. scores compared to rival countries, saying affluent U.S. students do as well as Finns and Koreans.
Big deal, responds Matthew Ladner on Jay Greene’s blog. Our best students do as well as the average for all of their students.
No mention of how the very wealthiest schools in America compare to the very wealthiest schools in Finland and South Korea, or that our African-American kids score closer to the average score in Mexico than that in Finland.
The gap between high-scoring and low-scoring U.S. students is wide compared to most of our high-scoring competitors.