China’s schoolkids beat American students in all academic categories! “Alarmingly, only 14% of American students were able to reliably distinguish fact from opinion in reading tests.”

The academic performance of American schoolchildren hasn’t budged in two decades, despite billions of dollars in increased funding.

China's schoolkids beat American students in all academic categories
  • The results come from the PISA survey, OECD’s triennial study of 15 year-old students across the world.
  • Compared to other OECD member nations, American students performed especially poorly in math.
  • Alarmingly, only 14 percent of American students were able to reliably distinguish fact from opinion in reading tests.

Chinese students far outperformed their international peers in a test of reading, math, and science skills, according to the 2018 results of the Program for International Student Assessment.

The test, administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), was given to 600,000 15-year-olds across 79 countries. It’s intended to serve as a global measuring stick for education systems in different parts of the world, and within varying socioeconomic conditions.

The results showed that students from four provinces of China — Beijing, Shanghai, and the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang — earned the highest level 4 rating across all three categories. Students in the U.S. ranked level 3 in reading and science, and level 2 in math.

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said the current performance of a nation’s students predicts future economic potential.

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