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U.S. Kids Scores below Average on International Tests

December 7, 2016

School Choice Weekly #161

The results are in from the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), and the United States scored below average, as usual. “Among the 35 industrialized nations that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. now ranks 31st,” writes The Hechinger Report. U.S. students performed worse this year in science than they did in 2012 (the last time the test was given) and were stagnant in reading. Singapore scored at the top.

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss says our kids are doing poorly because public schools are “under attack” and the test is flawed (although apparently not “flawed” for everyone):

Here we go again. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has just released the latest results from the test known as PISA, or Program for International Student Assessment, and guess what? American 15-year-olds who took the test in reading, math, and science didn’t do well.

In fact, U.S. students have never done well – not in the history of international tests, including when the American public education system wasn’t under attack by reformers as it is now. That won’t stop people from saying the sky is falling over the results of a standardized test, especially one that many critics say is flawed.

The American public education system might be on its way out, but it’s still quite far from the back burner. Judging from the steady decline of the United States on the international test stage, however, I’d say it’s time to signal the “attack” more vehemently than ever.

SOURCE: The Washington Post


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Teresa Mull is a policy advisor for education and an editor at The Heartland Institute.
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