US Education Could Learn from High-Performing Countries

An education policy panel discusses ways that approaches from Finland, South Korea, Singapore and elsewhere might direct American education reforms.

At an event hosted by the National Center on Education and the Economy, education experts discussed a lack of a “national strategy” for American public education, and suggested lessons from other high-performing countries may be an ingredient toward better outcomes. From coverage on Education Dive:

“We’ve been too intellectually reliant on the public sector,” Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan of Teachers College, Columbia University, said during the live-streamed release of the second of two “Early Advantage” books examining early education systems in other high-performing countries and what the U.S. can learn from them.

While the U.S. has a strong knowledge base about educating young children and public will to improve services, there is not yet a clear path toward addressing issues such as qualifications and compensation for early educators, and how data should be collected and used to improve programs and measure child outcomes, she said.


The National Center on Education and the Economy is among the organizations playing a central role in guiding the work of Maryland’s Commission on innovation and Excellence in Education.

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Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties