Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States

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This report compares the performance of 15-year-olds in the United States in PISA against the global patterns and trends. But it goes beyond the aggregate level analysis that have so far been published in the PISA 2012 reports, to give analysis of student performance on individual mathematics test items in order to reveal students’ strengths and weaknesses. Considering this also in the context of the relationship between PISA and the Common Core Standards for Mathematics can help connect these results to what the United States aspires to teach in classrooms and help inform teaching practices that can support performance improvement.



Strengths and Weaknesses of American Students in Mathematics

This chapter looks in more detail at American students' strengths and weaknesses in the PISA 2012 mathematics assessment. It examines the success rates of students on individual items of the test, compared with the success of students in OECD countries on average and in comparison with five comparator or reference countries/economies. The analysis points to aspects of mathematics teaching that might be strengthened in order to improve the performance of the United States.


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