Daily VideoDecember 4, 2013
U.S. Education System Lags Behind Other Countries
U.S. education system lags behind other countries
While students in the U.S. are familiar with the standardized tests that help compare students within and among the states, the PISA test is designed to assess and rank the educational systems in 65 countries around the world.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which administers the test, just released the results of the latest PISA test from 2012, which showed that the U.S. hovers near the middle of the pack, lagging in some areas, even as other countries advanced. The U.S. struggled the most in math, where 15-year-olds in 29 other countries had higher average scores than Americans.
U.S. scores in reading and science rank 20th and 23rd respectively in the world. The highest scoring countries were located in East Asia. Students from Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea and Japan were at the top.
Warm up questions
- How do you think the U.S. education system compares to other countries?
- How could you test the quality of the system?
- How could you test the quality of the students?
- Do you believe the PISA test accurately reflects how good the U.S. education system is?
- Do you believe the PISA test accurately reflects how good U.S. students are?
- If you could design a way to test the quality of the education that you are receiving how would you do it?
- What changes could be made to the education system so that U.S. students could catch up in Math and Science?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
While Clinton has topped the annual Gallup poll of “most admired woman” each of the last 14 years, a CBS poll last month showed nearly two-thirds of Americans say they don’t think she is honest or trustworthy. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Born and raised in Queens, New York, to a family of privilege, Donald Trump grew up in a 23-room house and was driven to private school by the family chauffeur. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president, despite the two disagreeing on a number of political and social issues. Pence has served as governor of Indiana since 2012, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
The 2016 presidential race has made teaching high school civics more difficult, particularly regarding some of the comments students have heard candidates make along the campaign trail. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
With the Republican National Convention set to begin next week in Cleveland, Ohio, much attention is focused on whom the candidates will choose as their vice presidential running mates. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld