What do you think who is smarter in math, reading and science, American or Canadian kid, and what PISA exam proves? Not only is the US being outdone by many countries on a global scale when it comes to studies, it is not even the best North American country, as shown by PISA exams that prove that Canadian kids are smarter than American kids in math, reading, and science.
Did you know that over a million American children are not going to primary school, or a ratio of 5.64 children per every 1,000 students? On the other hand, Canada has a ratio of 0.0615 students per every 1,000 who do not go to school. An important statistic in this regard is actually in the favor of the US, showing that there are 4.58 teachers per 1,000 students in Canada, while there are 5.49 teachers per 1,000 students in the US. PISA, and similar international standardized assessments of educational attainment are increasingly used in the process of education policymaking at both national and international levels. PISA was conceived to set in a wider context the information provided by national monitoring of education system performance through regular assessments within a common, internationally agreed framework. The students tested by PISA are aged between 15 years and 3 months and 16 years and 2 months at the beginning of the assessment period. The school year pupils are in is not taken into consideration. Only students at the school are tested, not home-schoolers. In PISA 2006, however, several countries also used a grade-based sample of students. This made it possible to study how age and school year interact. To fulfill OECD requirements, each country must draw a sample of at least 5,000 students. In small countries like Iceland and Luxembourg, where there are fewer than 5,000 students per year, an entire age cohort is tested. Some countries used much larger samples than required to allow comparisons between regions. Countries are allowed to combine PISA with complementary national tests. From the beginning, PISA has been designed with one particular method of data analysis in mind. Since students work on different test booklets, raw scores must be ‘scaled’ to allow meaningful comparisons. Scores are thus scaled so that the OECD average in each domain.
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