Tuesday, April 1, 2014

U.S. 15-year-olds Perform Above OECD Average in Problem Solving

The National Center for Education Statistics has released new data tables documenting the performance of U.S. 15-year-old students on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 problem solving assessment in comparison to their peers in 43 other education systems.

The PISA problem solving assessment, administered on computer, assessed students’ skills in solving problems set in real-life contexts for which a routine solution has not been learned.

Findings include:

•    The U.S. average score in problem solving was 508, which was higher than the OECD average (based on 28 OECD countries) of 500 and the average scores of 22 education systems.

•    Students in 10 education systems—Singapore, Korea, Japan, Macao-China, Hong Kong-China, Shanghai-China, Chinese Taipei, Canada, Australia, and Finland—had higher average scores than U.S. 15-year-olds.

•    Twelve percent of U.S. students were “top performers” (scored at level 5 or above) in problem solving, which was not measurably different from the OECD average of 11 percent.

•    Eighteen percent of U.S. students were “low performers” in problem solving (scored below level 2), which was lower than the OECD average of 21 percent.

•    There was no measurable difference in the average problem solving scores of U.S. male and female students.

View the full set of data tables at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2012/pisa2012highlights_11.asphttp://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2012/pisa2012highlights_11.asp

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