China Stomps USA In International Education Test

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The results are in for the 2009 Program for International Students Assessment test of 15 year olds students from 65 different countries.

The assessment included math, science, and reading tests.  So how did the the United States of America do in the results tally? Not well at all.  Here is a look at our placement in the tests and a few countries that embarrassingly scored better:

Reading – 17th:  China (Shanghai, Hong Kong) Belgium, Estonia, Iceland

Science – 23rd(One Point Above Average): China (Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macao), Estonia, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Hungary

Math – 31st (Below Average): China (Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macao), Taiwan, Liechtenstein, Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg,

Click here for the complete results chart.

Now that you’ve been pumped up with excitement of how your hard earned tax dollars that fund public education and the multitude of government run education initiatives are going, I’d like to share a few things with you again.

First, this little girl is going to tell you what she learned after a full year in school:

Interesting, huh?  We did place best in reading so maybe that little girl is in one of the bad luck schools.  Ok, fine.  Let’s take a look at this chart from Andrew Coulson at the Cato Institute which shows federal spending per student and test score results since 1970:

Does that chart bake your noodle?  With that kind of skyrocketing expense you’d expect some results, right?

Well, the Department of Education may be getting a $4 billion funding increase in 2011.  Why not, just look at the results so far!  No wonder we did so poorly in math.

  • http://www.essaywriter.co.uk/essay-tips/essay-topics.aspx chris johnson

    I think China beat the USA because the people in china are hard working and willing to study. Did you guys saw the pic that they are taking exam? The one with a box around their head so that they can't cheat? That is why they are on the top.

  • http://www.libertyjuice.com ChrisBoundsTX

    We certainly cannot discount China's motivation to cheat. America by large is much more educated than the rest of the wold, but that advantage has been slipping for years. It's a self-inflicted wound that needs room to breath freely (without the government), but instead is being plugged with bureaucrats and money by dirty government hands.

  • http://twitter.com/somethingfishie @somethingfishie

    Nobody talks about the dirty little secret that a lot of other countries are not committed to mandatory universal education. In most places, but the age of 15, people who aren't up to snuff are long gone. I treat every one of these types of surveys with skepticism, just because the "talent base" is not necessarily equal.

  • TCS

    I completely agree with what you wrote but I wonder why they separate out certain cities/areas of China but not the US. Shouldn't China's results be listed as a country, like the US is listed? Otherwise, it looks cherry picked to favor China.

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  • TCS

    Not sure who wrote this, but apparently we suck at geography too. "Here is a look at our placement in the tests and a few countries that embarrassingly scored better:" Shanghai, Macao and Hong Kong aren't countries.

    • http://www.libertyjuice.com ChrisBoundsTX

      They were listed as China's cities…reworded to avoid confusion.