Highlights of U.S. PISA 2012 Results





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Published on Dec 3, 2013

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), first administered in 2000, is an international assessment that measures the performance of 15-year-old students in reading literacy, mathematics literacy, and science literacy. PISA was developed and organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD is an intergovernmental organization made up of 34 mostly industrialized member countries like the United States, Japan, Germany, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, PISA is implemented by the National Center for Education Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

In 2012, average scores for U.S. 15-year-olds were not measurably different from any of the previous comparison years. Shanghai, one of three education systems in China that participated in PISA, remained the top performer in the world in all three subjects assessed: reading, mathematics, and science. In mathematics, the average U.S. score was lower than the average score for the OECD, and the U.S. had a lower percentage of high-performing students and a higher percentage of low-performing students than the OECD averages. U.S. performance in science literacy and reading literacy was not measurably different from the OECD.

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