Dear Friend of MeckEd,
Happy New Year! In the past few months much of the local, state, and national news about public education has been less than stellar, and we have had little to cheer about. I am pleased to report we have some significantly good news to share with you. In December 2012, two major international research studies—TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PISA (Progress in International reading Literacy Study)—published their four-year findings and reported U.S. math and science achievement is now exceeding the world average. While this news does not erase the fact that the United States has a long way to go in closing the achievement gap compared to several East Asian countries, there is some very encouraging news from North Carolina—in particular, our 4th grade TIMMS reading scores, when compared to other countries. It is unfortunate that this news and data has received scant attention from the local and national media, but it is good news and indicates our elementary schools are trending upward.