Aftermath

OECD PISA math scores 2006 (Programme for International Student Assessment)

Finland………548…(+4) brackets indicate previous score 2003
Korea………..547…(+5)
Netherlands…531…(-7)
Switzerland…530…(+3)
Canada……….527…(-5)
Japan………..523…(-11)
New Zealand …522…(-1)
Belgium……….520…(-9)
Australia 520 (-4)
Denmark 513 (-1)
Czech Republic 510 (-7)
Iceland 506 (-10)
Austria 505 (+0)
Germany 504 (+1)
Sweden 502 (-7)
Ireland 501 (-1)
France 496 (-15)
United Kingdom 495 not tested in 2003
Poland 495 (+5)
Slovak Republic 492 (-6)
Hungary 491 (+1)
Luxembourg 490 (-3)
Norway 490 (-5)
Spain 480 (-5)
United States 474 (-9)

The American economy tanks when vast numbers of its citizens suddenly realize they are spending more on fixed expenses than they earn. Simultaneously, financial experts mistake return on investment with return of investment. We didn’t really need the PISA test to tell us that US math ability is at the bottom of the industrial world.

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