Results are in: worldwide, the US is ranked 8th in reading, 11th in science, and 30th in math, according to a test given to 15-year-olds across 79 countries.
China takes the number one spot in all three categories.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is the name of the test that–ideally– provides an impartial check on the progress of education systems.
The data it produces is used by politicians to either validate their programs or disparage an opponent’s work. They are also used to inform the public discussion on education reform.
But, even though the dismal results are all over the news right now, there are legit concerns over the test. Should we reconsider using it? Let’s take a look.