Problem Solving Skills of 15 Year-Olds (NCES International Report)

world-2In a three-page brief, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) share the findings of a 2012 assessment through the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) that measured the ability of 15-year-olds to problem solve when confronted with common issues in the 21st century. 65 international education systems participated.

The U.S. average score was 508, which was higher than the average of 500. The U.S. average was lower than the average in ten education systems, higher than the average in twenty-two education systems, and not measurably different from the average in eleven education systems.

Singapore scored the highest; Colombia the lowest. View the brief: nces-pisa.pdf

To try out some of the test questions, visit


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