PISA results show ‘educational stagnation’ in U.S.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In a familiar hierarchy, Asian countries and regions such as Hong Kong, Japan, Shanghai, Singapore and South Korea topped the rankings for the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, according to results released Tuesday morning.

Average American scores on PISA tests haven’t budged in a decade, despite bipartisan efforts to shake up the status quo through reforms such as mandating more frequent testing, publicizing student proficiency rates and opening public schools to competition from charter and private schools.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the U.S. performance “a picture of educational stagnation.”

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