The PISA is a worldwide exam administered every three years that measures 15-year-olds in countries. About 540,000 students took the exam in 2015.
The US saw an 11-point drop in average score for math, while remaining relatively flat in reading and science. [Aside: I must point out as a former Canadian teacher that we were 10th in Math, #3 in Reading and #7 in Science: Moral of the story? Send your kids to Canada for Education! ? :)]
The results again raise questions about the global competitiveness of the US educational system.
On a press call on Tuesday, Jon Schnur, executive chairman of America Achieves, said we need to make dramatic progress in showing educational improvement for students.
When looking at a comparable sample of countries that participated in the PISA exam in both 2012 (the last time the test was administered) and 2015, the US ranking fell to 35th from 28th in math. The US underperformed the OECD average in math.
Scores were relatively unchanged in reading and science compared to 2012 — down one point in each. The US performed better than the OECD average in both subjects.
Asian countries again topped the rankings across all subjects, and Singapore was the top performing country across all three subjects.