Thursday, July 17, 2014
U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Math Tests
When viewed from a global perspective, U.S. schools seem to do as badly teaching those from better-educated families as they do teaching those from less well educated families. Overall, the U.S. proficiency rate in math (35 percent) places the country at the 27th rank among the 34 OECD countries that participated in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). That ranking is somewhat lower for students from advantaged backgrounds (28th) than for those from disadvantaged ones (20th).
In many places, students from highly educated families are performing well below the OECD average for similarly advantaged students.