From NBC News:
Students in the United States made scant headway on recent global achievement exams and slipped deeper in the international rankings amid fast-growing competition abroad, according to test results released Tuesday.
American teens scored below the international average in math and roughly average in science and reading, compared against dozens of other countries that participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which was administered last fall.
Vietnam, which had its students take part in the exam for the first time, had a higher average score in math and science than the United States. Students in Shanghai — China’s largest city with upwards of 20 million people — ranked best in the world, according to the test results. Students in East Asian countries and provinces came out on top, nabbing seven of the top 10 places across all three subjects.
Sure, because we don’t spend enough on education, right? Oh wait …from CBS News:
The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year, with parents and private foundations picking up more of the costs, an international survey released Tuesday found.
Despite the spending, U.S. students still trail their rivals on international tests.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world’s most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe. But U.S. salaries have not risen at the same pace as other nations.
The findings, part of a 440-page tome of statistics, put the United States’ spending on its young people in context.
The United States spent more than $11,000 per elementary student in 2010 and more than $12,000 per high school student. When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent $15,171 on each young person in the system — more than any other nation covered in the report.
I am so concerned now about making sure that retired “educators,” some of whom receive over $100,000 a year from their taxpayer-funded pensions, get cost of living increases that exceed the rate of inflation and Cadillac health insurance while those of us who pay for it struggle to make ends meet, get every penny they expect. “Fairness” demands nothing less, no?