U.S. Lags in International Education Assessments

Friday, December 14, 2012

The results for international assessments on math, science, and reading are in: Students from East Asian countries, along with a select group of European countries, outperformed those in the United States, according to the results for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released Dec. 11.

Out of 57 countries and education systems worldwide participating in TIMSS, eight significantly surpassed the U.S. in grade 4 math, and 11 did so for grade 8 math. The U.S. was outperformed by similar numbers in science, with six systems surpassing the U.S. in grade 4, and 12 doing so for grade 8, according to the TIMSS results.

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