Recently released results of an international effort to evaluate and compare student performance in math, reading, and science found that students in the United States have significant room for improvement. The study was conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and evaluated students from 65 countries.

Based on the test results, American 15-year-olds were average in reading and science, but were slightly below average in math. In terms of rank, American students placed 17th in reading, 23rd in science, and 31st in math.

The tests, which measure students’ knowledge and problem-solving abilities, are administered every three years. The most recent assessment was conducted in the autumn of 2009 and shows some improvement in American science test scores since the last assessment in 2006. Domestic math scores, however, did not improve over the 2003 assessment.


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