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U.S. teens falling behind in math

New York Teacher

The math achievement of U.S. 15-year-olds fell on a major international benchmark. Among 35 industrialized nations, the United States now ranks 31st in math on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). 

The science and reading scores of U.S. high school students, meanwhile, were steady, with U.S. students scoring close to the international average.

The PISA test is administered every three years around the world to measure what 15-year-old students know in math, reading and science before the end of compulsory schooling. In 2012, U.S. math scores deteriorated a few points. Now, with the 2015 results in, it’s a clear downward trend.

Singapore ranked first on all three PISA tests.

“The latest U.S. PISA achievement results are disappointing but not surprising,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. “They were predictable given the impact of the last 15 years of U.S. education policies combined with continuing state disinvestment following the 2008 recession. Thirty-one states still spend less per pupil than before the recession.”

Associated Press, Dec. 6
The Hechinger Report, Dec. 6

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