Document Number: 10687Middle Class or Middle of the Pack? What Can We Learn When Benchmarking U.S. Schools Against the World's Best? - Looking at scores across the second highest quarter of socio-economic advantage, 24 countries outperformed U.S. students in math and 15 countries outscored them in science.The results are from a study comparing international scores on the PISA test with results from 105 American high schools who voluntarily administered the OECD Test for Schools, (based on the PISA). Clearly, “a large percentage of American middle class high schools have not kept pace as countries like Singapore, Finland, Korea and Germany have raised standards, invested in teachers and lifted their overall performance.” The report concludes that the United States’ poor performance is not just a poverty problem, but an American problem and looks with hope to higher expectations, more active family engagement and the Common Core.
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