Back in the early 1980s there was a report about the so-called crisis in American schools. It was the report that supposedly showed American students far behind other industrial nations – down somewhere in the educational gutter iwth Chad and Niger and some other Third World countries.
Some time after that report came out, there was a refutation of it showing that other countries were allowed to cherry-pick their test results but the U.S. had to include even the special-ed kids in our test results. Maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but it purported to show that the original studies were definitely skewed against the U.S.
Does anyone know where I can find copies of those two reports? I have searched the Internet for a year and can’t find 'em. I even have access to EBSCOHolst and JSTOR, and I can’t find a thing.