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Other views: U.S. needs to develop education wisely

Published 05/27/2011, The Jamestown Sun

Results from the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment show 15-year-old students in the U.S. are performing about average in reading and science, and below average in math. Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math. And while this is an improvement compared to the last two times this test was taken in 2003 and 2006, it is still far behind the highest-scoring countries, including South Korea, Finland and Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai in China and even our neighbors to the north, Canada. The PISA exam is one of a handful of tests that compare educational levels across nations, and is considered to be the most comprehensive. The test focuses on how well students are able to apply their knowledge in math, reading and science to real-life situations. Some 470,000 students took the test in 2009 in 65 countries and educational systems, from poor, underdeveloped nations to the most wealthy.

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