Finland is regarded internationally as a leader in education, but a new analysis finds its reputation may be exaggerated, says Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Results from PISA exams have been cited in news of Finland's success, but results of the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study find that Finland and the US are closer in achievement. Loveless says the exams measure different types of maths achievement, with PISA focused more on real-world applications for maths.

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