[caption id="attachment_119635" align="alignleft" width="220"] "If these numbers are not that dismal ... then policy can be more accurately focused and less reactionary," said one reader.[/caption]

As President Obama enters his second term, his education policies are sure to be in the spotlight again soon.

But are international tests, which help to influence education policies in the U.S., as accurate as we thought? And what, if anything, can we learn from other countries?

A report from the Economic Policy Institute suggests that well-respected international tests have misranked the achievement of U.S. students, meaning federal...

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