In reading, American 15-year-olds are so-so
Compared to their peers in the rest of the industrialized world, American 15-year-olds are only slightly above average in reading, according to results released this morning on a respected international test.
The United States' average score in 2009 on the Program for International Student Assessment, better known as PISA, was below six of 33 other countries in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The higher-scoring countries were the Republic of Korea, Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
The United States average of 500 was above 13 countries and about the same as 14 countries. The OECD average was 493.
The average score of white students in the United States was 525, which would put them behind only Korea and Finland. The average score of Asian, Hispanic and black students in the United States was 541, 466 and 441, respectively.
The PISA is given every three years in reading, math and science, with one of the three areas tested in depth. In 2009, it was reading.
In math, the United States average in 2009 was below the OECD average, with 17 countries scoring higher, five scoring lower and 11 scoring about the same.
In science, the United States average was about the same as the OECD average, with 12 countries scoring higher, nine scoring lower and 12 scoring about the same.