Teens in Asian nations dominate international test; US scores barely budge

  • Article by: KIMBERLY HEFLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 8:15 PM

WASHINGTON — American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools.

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mariannebDec. 3, 13 6:56 AM

Maybe all the funding cuts for schools wasn't that great an idea!

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comment229Dec. 3, 13 7:35 AM

This article is vague at best.... I read it twice and still have no idea who in the USA was chosen to be tested. Was it all the 15 year old kids in our country or only a few? Did the countries that scored the best test ALL their kids? There was mention of testing done only in certain regions. What does that mean? I am not defending the American education system, but this article raises more questions than it answers.

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gemie1Dec. 3, 13 7:39 AM

This will hurt more in the long-term than any other issue. Our schools need to be funded adequately today.

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albundy74Dec. 3, 13 7:39 AM

@marianneb: Maybe we should look at how these societies value education starting in the home. Without it being a priority in the home, it's tough to achieve no matter how education is or is not funded.

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comment229Dec. 3, 13 7:39 AM

PS... This is the decline of America but not as you would expect. Talk to the kids who tried in school, and came out with a great education. They will tell you about their peers who failed and why. Listen to them!! We have a societal problem in this country where certain segments of our society don't achieve because they don't have to. When you can make more in income/benefits on welfare than working for minimum wage in this country, you are going to have problems. Ask any teacher; not politicians or members of a think tank.

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dentesterDec. 3, 13 8:09 AM

I know. It's because we don't spend enough money, right? heh

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jlwestwoodDec. 3, 13 8:17 AM

On the surface, this is an indictment of the teaching profession and of a system that has allowed the teacher's union to protect mediocre teachers. There needs to be a wholesale change in schools where teachers would be rewarded for improvement in their students and not let them slide through to the next grade. As a salesperson for many years if I did a lousy job it would reflect downward in my paycheck, but if I made my quota, the paycheck would be larger and I made extra by making my bonus. I know teachers and their union do not want to hear that, but there needs to be a motivation system put in place to improve the quality of teaching in America.

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RankenFyleDec. 3, 13 8:19 AM

Maybe it has something to do with trying to run the educational system more as a business and less as a learning center.

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Cory089Dec. 3, 13 8:31 AM

For everyone talking about increasing school funding, the United States already spends the most per student of any OECD country - by more than 10% of its closest competitor (Norway). Japan spends about 2/3 as much as the U.S. Incidentally, Norway's scores are below the OECD average (even though it is the #2 spender). So before we talk about school funding, let's see some evidence that funding is the root of the problem. Because currently, the evidence shows otherwise.

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gunclingerDec. 3, 13 8:43 AM

"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 than in the past, an international survey released Tuesday found." Huffington Post 6/25/13

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