Ouch: U.S. math scores continue to drop

U.S. now trails 39 countries …


The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) recently released its 2015 survey results for math “literacy” … and, the results aren’t pretty.

The average for 15-year-old U.S. students slipped to 470 on the PISA scale … down about 3.5% from 2009 … ranking the U.S. #40 among developed nations (see list at end of this post) … 20 points lower than the average of the 35 OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.

The scores differential versus the OECD countries is roughly equal for the average, 25th percentile and 90th percentile … refuting claims that “our” best are head-to-head competitive with the the rest of the world’s best.




Digging a bit deeper into the numbers ….



In the U.S., whites and Asians outperform the OECD average…



Students attending schools with a majority of well-to-do students score near or above the OECD average.

Students attending schools with a majority of impoverished students score far below the OECD average.



U.S. ranks #40 … Canada ranks #10 …. what’s up with that, eh?




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One Response to “Ouch: U.S. math scores continue to drop”

  1. SJ Says:

    The advantage is not in crunching the numbers but in selling the snake oil. Perhaps the Asians are the best number crunchers, but, who sells the snake oil and cashes in?

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