Schools: Quality: U.S. v. British

The Northern Ireland town of Bangor and the Ohio town of Sandusky are simi lar in size and economy (tourism and shipping). They were thus suited to be among some 30 paired communities used in a two-year study of the quality of grade-school education in the U.S. and Britain. A team of University of Toledo educators, headed by Professor Robert L. Gibson, gave pupils in the paired towns identical achievement tests in English usage, arithmetic and read ing. The findings, first factual evidence on a much debated question, show that U.S. children start slower than British kids but edge...

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