AP: U.S. students do worse in science and math

AP: U.S. students do worse in science and math

December 5, 2007 Posted by Steve Bowen - 1 Comment

New article out today:
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. students are lagging behind their peers in other countries in science and math, test results out Tuesday show.
The test, the Program for International Student Assessment, was given to 15-year-olds in 30 industrialized countries last year. It focused on science but also included a math portion.
The 30 countries, including the United States, make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which runs the international test.
The average scores for U.S. students were lower than the average scores for the group as a whole.
U.S. students also had an average science score that was lower than the average score in 16 other OECD countries. In math, U.S. students did even worse — posting an average score that was lower than the average in 23 of the other leading industrialized countries.

Seems like we’ve been reading reports like this for years. When will we decide to take a new approach, a market-based approach, to fixing our schools? Clearly, whatever we’re doing now is simply not working. Country with the top-ranked science and math students? Finland!
Read the article here.