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PISA: U.S. Students Lag Behind Other Countries

December 03, 2013

The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results are in, and the picture is not a pretty one for the United States. Here’s what Business Roundtable, one of the TAP founding members, had to say about it:

The OECD today released its latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science in 65 countries and economies. The results should disturb the American public.

 From the U.S.-specific page:

  • Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States performed below average in mathematics in 2012 and is ranked 26th (this is the best estimate, although the rank could be between 23 and 29 due to sampling and measurement error). Performance in reading and science are both close to the OECD average. The United States ranks 17 in reading, (range of ranks: 14 to 20) and 21 in science (range of ranks: 17 to 25). There has been no significant change in these performances over time. …

Business leaders, including Business Roundtable CEOs, have long warned that educational mediocrity -- or worse, educational failure -- has serious implications for the U.S. competitiveness, the economy, and the American people. That concern helps explain business’ vigorous support for STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- and the Common Core State Standards, high-quality standards and assessments informed by countries that have successful educational systems.

Read the full Business Roundtable blog post here.