Is the United States Catching Up? International and State Trends in Student Achievement


Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 12:30pm to 1:45pm


Online Webinar

Seminar will be live tweeted. Follow and tweet your comments using #ashtalk during the event.

About the Webinar
A report being released on July 24, 2012, provides new information on the places in the United States and around the world which have shown the greatest improvement on PISA and NAEP tests over the past two decades. The report will be featured in a conference to be held July 25-27, 2012, at Harvard University. At the conference several scholars will present additional papers that identify factors which cause or are correlated with system improvement either within the United States or internationally, and practitioners from the most improved places around the world will speak to the experiences of their home state or country.

This study will be available on July 24, 2012 at 12 a.m. ET. It has been prepared under the auspices of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and Education Next of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard Kennedy School.

In concurrence with the report’s release, this Webinar will feature two of the report’s authors who will present a summary of the findings and then take questions from the audience.

The report’s authors are:

  • Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University

  • Eric A. Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Stanford University

  • Ludger Woessmann, Professor of Economics, University of Munich