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An "International Benchmarking" Toolkit

The Education Commission of the states has unveiled an online resource that provides background, sorted by topic, on some of the education practices used by top-performing countries—and how the United States compares.

The site seeks to offer resources on how policymakers, including those at the school and district level, can create policies in testing, professional development, and other areas, based on what appears to be working well in other nations. Another useful site built around a similar theme was created by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC. It offers fully-translated curriculum, testing materials, and lessons from China, Korea, Japan, and other Pacific Rim nations.

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