Are The PISA Education Results Rigged?
The results of the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are out, and again reveal students from East Asian countries dominate in maths and sciences. The assessment, run by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) every three years, tested around 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economies on science, reading, maths and collaborative problem-solving. In 2015, students from Singapore performed the best, followed by Japan, Estonia, Chinese Taipei, Finland, Macao (China), Canada, Vietnam, Hong Kong (China) and B-S-J-G (China).
Western countries fared far worse, with concerns over declining educational standards seemingly confirmed. The U.S., the world's favorite destination for international university students, saw its scores remain close to the OECD average on each category. The 5,700 15-year-olds who took the test scored 496 in science and 497 in reading, and 470 in math—close to the OECD averages of 493, 493 and 490 respectively.