How Does The United States Measure Up?

The U.S. Lags Behind

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) released the results of its 2015 global rankings on student performance in math, reading and science on the Program for International Student Assessment(PISA). The PISA is given worldwide every three years and measures 15-year-olds in 72 countries and education systems. 

The results raise questions about the global competitiveness of the U.S. educational system. Students were tested on their critical thinking skills and problem solving capabilities as well as their proficiency in core subjects. Students have to apply real-world knowledge. 

PISA math scores chart

The United States saw an 11-point drop in average score for math, while staying about the same in reading and science. Singapore was the top performer in all three subject areas.

Which Countries are Focused on Early Education?

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Figures from the OECD show America faring quite well on provision for 0-3-year-olds; but when it comes to providing pre-school for 3-to-5-year-olds it falls to the back of the class—behind Chile and just ahead of Lithuania and Greece.

 

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