Comparing states to other countries: A fair comparison?

Can U.S. compete if only 32 percent of students are proficient in math? This was the headline over at MSNBC.com last week in reference to a new report that compared each state’s math and reading performances to that of 65 other countries. Researchers at Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance made the comparison by

How does your state compare to other countries?

Unless you live in Minnesota or Massachusetts, you have no idea. That’s because they were the only U.S. states to participate in the most recent round of international assessments. Both states took part in 2007 TIMSS, which assessed the math and science skills of 4th and 8th graders from over 40 countries and jurisdictions. What both states found out