Mike the Mad Biologist notes a Times editorial that purports to answer the question Why students do better overseas, with special attention to the miracle that is Finland, where children start life in cardboard boxes and all that. All well and good, Mike says, except Massachusetts does better than Finland on standardized tests:
No doubt the fixation on Finland is a boon for the Finnish Tourist Bureau (and we like helping!), but we have a local model that works very well. It’s not exotic - and, alas, no reindeer - but it works. This isn't to say it couldn’t be better, but someday our intellectual betters might want to ask why other states aren't adopting the Massachusetts model.
Meanwhile, though, the Globe notes that while Boston continues to rank well in comparison to other urban school districts, its standardized test scores have stagnated in recent years.