New Study Demonstrates U.S. Still Lags in Education

Dec 12, 2012

New international test results indicate that the United States is still lagging behind many of our competitors in education.  The latest data was released by the International Study Center at Boston College in two reports—the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study.

The data indicates that our 4th grade and 8th grade students are continually being outperformed internationally. According to the reports, the United States ranks:

  • 11th in fourth grade math
  • 9th in eighth grade math
  • 7th in fourth grade science
  • 10th in eight grade science

The TIMSS report finds that the East Asian countries lead the world in mathematics. According to the report, “Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong SAR, followed by Chinese Taipei and Japan, were the top-performing countries at the fourth grade. Similarly, in the eighth grade, Korea, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei outperformed all other countries, followed by Hong Kong SAR and Japan.”

According to the PIRLS report, the top-performing countries in reading were Hong Kong SAR, Russian Federation, Finland, and Singapore with the United States coming in sixth.

Here is yet another study indicating that our education system is not producing at the level it needs to. As we continue to be content with the status quo in education, our competitors are racing ahead of us. And there is no competition tougher than the global race for talent.  

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