Secretary Duncan Comments on PISA Results

Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan responded to the release of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results this week. The blog post link below also contains a short video presenting information on US results.

PISA 2012

During a digital event with a live video feed, Secretary Duncan and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General Angel Gurria announced the results of the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and discussed the implications for U.S. education policy. PISA is a test of reading, mathematics, and science literacy, given every three years to 15-year-olds around the world. In 2012, 65 education systems — including the 34 member countries of the OECD — participated in PISA.

Among the key findings:

· While other nations moved ahead, there was no measurable change in U.S. average scores in reading, mathematics, or science literacy between 2012 and any of the previous U.S. results.

· The U.S. remained below the OECD average score in mathematics literacy and was not measurably different from the OECD average scores in reading and science literacy.

· In mathematics literacy, the U.S. had a higher percentage of low-performing students and a lower percentage of high-performing students, on average, than the OECD countries.

“While we are seeing some encouraging progress on many important measures, the United States’ performance on the 2012 PISA is a picture of educational stagnation,” the Secretary said in a statement. “This is a reality at odds with our aspiration to have the best-educated, most competitive workforce in the world. We must invest in early education, raise academic standards, make college affordable, and do more to recruit and retain top-notch educators. By taking those vital steps, we will ensure all of America’s children have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for college and careers.”

(Note: A recent blog post captures the PISA Day events and includes a video and a link to the Secretary’s prepared remarks.)

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