Carnegie Staffers' Book Review Looks at Insights into Standards Debate

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Thomas Toch and Taylor White from Carnegie’s Washington, D.C. office write in a book review for Washington Monthly: Amanda Ripley and her new book, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, follows three American exchange students to high schools in three of the top-scoring PISA countries: Finland, South Korea, and Poland. While her attempt to see deeply into those educational systems from the perspectives of students may fall a bit short — how well equipped are students to analyze the educational systems they’re in for a relatively short time? — Ripley’s well-woven tale of educational history, policy, and culture in the three countries and the lessons she draws for the United States are timely on two big topics: academic standards and teacher quality.