Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reminding Ourselves that our schools could do better

A graphic released with the 2012 PISA results shows the annualized change in performance in average math scores between 2003 and 2012. The chart includes only nations that have comparable data from both 2003 and 2012.
I quote from the NPR article:
American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results in a test that measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, failing to crack the global top 20. 
The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings, which come out every three years. The latest results, from 2012, show that U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world's most-developed countries. They were close to average in science and reading. 
"In mathematics, 29 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States by a statistically significant margin, up from 23 three years ago," reports Education Week. "In science, 22 education systems scored above the U.S. average, up from 18 in 2009."
The United States is a big country, and our schools are better in some regions than in others. The average is pulled down by the kids in those areas with schools that are not so good. But then so too is the future productivity of our workforce and success of our economy. A mind is a terrible thing to waste! 

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