CRYING FOUL: The U.S. can't seem to catch a break when dealing with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). First there are the PISA tests, on which the mediocre showing by American students are well-documented. To add insult to injury, the OECD's first-ever "Measuring Innovation in Education" report has U.S. schools ranking near the bottom, above only New Zealand, Austria and the Czech Republic. The U.S. country summary praises the use of assessments as one of the top innovations. Washington Post blogger, Valerie Strauss, couldn't help but note the irony.