WASHINGTON, DC – Released this morning, a new report from America Achieves compares the performance of individual U.S. high schools in math and science to the world’s highest-performing nations based on a new test involving 105 American high schools known as the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Test for Schools (based on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)). In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“For the first time, individual high schools can look in the international mirror and get a true reflection of how they compare to their global peers. More importantly, individual high schools taking the new OECD Test for Schools now have the data and information to improve student performance even more.
“The good news in the report is that some nonselective schools, including some that are low-income, are high international flyers. The challenging news is that many middle-class schools in the United States have a lot of work to do to catch up to the world’s best performers.
“These first 105 high schools were courageous to pioneer this international exam. While they knew they might get low scores, they wanted the valuable information to improve learning for their students. Now every high school can sign up to administer the test in September. Every community should encourage its schools to take advantage of this opportunity.
“All students will be measured at some point. Schools can either take the OECD school-based test now to see how their students compete, or wait until their students enter the workforce and have market forces tell them how they stack up.”
Access the full report, Middle Class or Middle of the Pack? What Can We Learn When Benchmarking U.S. Schools Against the World’s Best?, at here.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. www.all4ed.com.