Kai Cortina, UM Psychology

Scorecard on American Public Schools: How Do We Fare in International Comparisons?
Kai Cortina


Winter 2018
Lecture Time: 
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Hilary Hendricks


Public education in the United States has a bad reputation - at least in the US that is. A somewhat different picture emerges when the American Public school is compared to educational systems of other nations around the globe. Based on data of the two most important international large-scale study sequences and our own research at the University of Michigan, I will demonstrate that the American public school also has strength that are rarely highlighted in our public discourse on education.

Recording & Additional Notes

Kai S. Cortina is Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the Free University Berlin, Germany. His major research areas include learning motivation in school, improving teaching practice, and the long-term effects of schooling over the life course. As an expert in quantitative methods, he was repeatedly involved in international studies on school achievement and student learning.