U.S. math and science scores for students significantly improved on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD's) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) since the last assessment in 2006.
The PISA survey consists of international standardized tests given to 15-year-old students in the 33 OECD member countries, as well as other non-member countries that choose to participate, focusing on literacy, math, and science. Finland received the highest overall ranking. The United States improved six slots in the latest assessment and ranked 19th overall.
Other countries with big gains included Norway, Iceland, and Poland. The United States ranked 18th in math, while South Korea claimed the top spot. In the sciences, U.S. students saw significant gains from 2006, but they were still well behind top-ranked Finland and Japan, which came in second.
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