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America’s Woeful Public Schools: PISA Shows That We Are Falling Behind Internationally


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17th The rank of America’s 15-year-olds in reading literacy rank among 65 countries that participated in the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment, one of the premiere benchmarks of student…

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The rank of America’s 15-year-olds in reading literacy rank among 65 countries that participated in the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment, one of the premiere benchmarks of student achievement. The nation’s average score of 500 ranked behind Shanghai (China), South Korea, Finland, Hong Kong and sixteen other countries — and just ahead of tiny Liechtenstein and Sweden.

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The rank of America’s 15-year-olds on the math literacy portion of PISA. The average score of 487 was nine points lower than the average PISA score.

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The percentage of American students scoring at the highest level of proficiency on PISA. That’s lower than the 32 percent average for the 33 OECD countries participating in the exam.

488

The average reading score for American males on the reading portion of PISA; that’s 25 points lower than the average reading score for their female peers. As a country, American males would rank 28th in the world, immediately behind the U.K., Hungary and Portugal.

466

The average PISA reading score for Latino students; as a country, the performance of Latino students would rank 41st in the world, behind Israel, Luxembourg, Austria and Lithuania.

441

The average PISA reading score for black students; as a country, that would rank 46th, behind Russia, Chile and Serbia.

The nation’s poor performance on PISA exemplifies the failures of reading instruction, laggard curricula and the overall culture of mediocrity within American public education. If we do not improve how we recruit, train and compensate teachers,  develop more-rigorous curricula and standards, and develop a culture of genius within our schools, the gender, racial and economic achievement gaps will continue to grow. It’s that simple.

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