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From the ECS State Policy Database: International Benchmarking - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From Competing to Leading: An International Benchmarking Blueprint PDF - International Benchmarking is the alignment of standards, instruction, professional development and assessment to those of the highest-performing countries. This Blueprint presents the rationale why states should consider benchmarking to international standards as well as describing policy recommendations for policymakers and education leaders. This is the first action guide of its kind to enable states, districts and schools to craft new policies and adjust existing policies proven to demonstrate world-class performance....

Achievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance - To find out whether the United States is narrowing the international education gap, this report estimates learning gains over the period between 1995 and 2009 for 49 countries from most of the developed and some of the newly developing parts of the world. The report also examines changes in student performance in 41 states within the United States, allowing the authors to compare these states with each other as well as with the 48 other countries. (PEPG, July 2012)...


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