Every three years the International Student Assessment (PISA) issues a report based on the performance of 15 year old students from industrialized countries. During the most recent evaluation, in 2009, 65 countries participated in the process. The assessment evaluates students in the areas of Math, Science, and Reading.
Results of 2009 PISA assessment:
• U.S. average score 500.
• Other Industrialized Countries average score 493.
• U.S. average score 502.
• Other Industrialized Countries average score 501.
The 2009 report indicates an “average” overall ranking for the U.S.
Details of the 2009 Report. (PPT)
Since the 2009 results, leaders from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation are increasing efforts to engage young students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Results from the 2012 PISA Assessment will be available at the end of 2013.