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Levin On Test Scores and Workforce Productivity

On the U.S. News & World Report “Best Countries” website, Hank Levin writes that a country’s high scores on standardized tests do not necessarily correlate with a high-quality workforce.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tests 15-year-olds in more than 70 nations for academic achievement in reading, mathematics and science, with U.S. scores “astoundingly disappointing,” Levin writes.

However, Levin points out that mediocre test scores have not led to lower productivity in America’s workforce. In 2014, U.S workers produced more gross domestic product per hour of labor than high academic achievers South Korea, Japan, Canada and Finland.

“And the differences favoring the U.S. were substantial – twice the labor productivity of South Korea and 40 percent more than Japan,” Levin observes. He adds that standardized test scores are less predictive of worker productivity than “prominent dimensions of personal development,” such as “complex problem solving, creativity, judgment, effort, collaboration and self-discipline.”

To read the full story, go to this password-protected site.

Published Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Levin On Test Scores and Workforce Productivity

On the U.S. News & World Report “Best Countries” website, Hank Levin writes that a country’s high scores on standardized tests do not necessarily correlate with a high-quality workforce.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tests 15-year-olds in more than 70 nations for academic achievement in reading, mathematics and science, with U.S. scores “astoundingly disappointing,” Levin writes.

However, Levin points out that mediocre test scores have not led to lower productivity in America’s workforce. In 2014, U.S workers produced more gross domestic product per hour of labor than high academic achievers South Korea, Japan, Canada and Finland.

“And the differences favoring the U.S. were substantial – twice the labor productivity of South Korea and 40 percent more than Japan,” Levin observes. He adds that standardized test scores are less predictive of worker productivity than “prominent dimensions of personal development,” such as “complex problem solving, creativity, judgment, effort, collaboration and self-discipline.”

To read the full story, go to this password-protected site.

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