GF Brandenburg has a great post on the latest TIMSS test.

It puts paid to the customary hand-wringing (did you hear that, Wall Street Journal?) about the international test scores.

No crisis.

The real question, aside from the horse race, is whether the scores mean anything at all. The US came in last when the first such test was offered in 1964 and we competed with 11 nations. Yet we went on to be more successful as an economic power than any of the other 11.

Do we have problems? Yes. The biggest problem is the failure of our political leaders to address the social context in which children live and schools function–or not.