Tuesday, February 07, 2012

OCED's 2009 Report on Student Performances

Fellow blogger TDAXP has been lately discussing education reform.  One of his latest posts concerns Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OCED) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). 

The PISA is a survey of sixty-five member states' student performance in mathematics, sciences, and readings.  Everyone can read their own country's results in respect to other countries for pride or shame but one thing is for certain: the education system in the United States is lagging behind.  The United States is not even in the top ten of any of the three categories!

All hail the Asian/European overlords of school subjects.  Image from Wikipeida

The 2009 results for the United States were
  • Math: 24th (below Poland, Hungary, and Spain)
  • Science: 21st (below Denmark, France, and Iceland)
  • Math: 15th (below Iceland, Norway, and France)

Now these results are not so surprising when one looks at the various American states' fourth and eighth grade math and reading scores but it is still depressing.

There was one state that captured dead last in all categories: the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.

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