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PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context

Published December 7, 2010

This report by the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) “is an international assessment that measures the performance of 15-year-olds in reading literacy, mathematics literacy, and science literacy every 3 years. First implemented in 2000, PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of 34 member countries. In all, 60 countries and 5 other education systems participated as partners in PISA 2009.”

Among the findings of the December, 2010 version, as stated in a press release:

“Korea and Finland top the OECD’s latest PISA survey of reading literacy among 15-year olds, which for the first time tested students’ ability to manage digital information.

The survey, based on two-hour tests of a half million students in more than 70 economies, also tested mathematics and science. …

The next strongest performances were from Hong Kong-China, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.”