The latest results in the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, has been released, and it wasn’t pretty for the home team. PISA compares how well 15-year-olds in 65 cities and countries can apply math, science and reading skills to solve real-world problems.
Andreas Schleicher, who manages PISA, told the Department of Education: “Three years ago, I came here with a special report benchmarking the U.S. against some of the best-performing and rapidly improving education systems. Most of them have pulled further ahead, whether it is Brazil that advanced from the bottom, Germany and Poland that moved from adequate to good, or Shanghai and Singapore that moved from good to great. The math results of top-performer Shanghai are now 2½ school years ahead even of those in Massachusetts — itself a leader within the U.S.”