by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Results from the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released today.
PISA tests allows comparisons of student performance for students who reside in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations. North Carolina was one of a handful of U.S. jurisdictions to participate in PISA testing. This was the first time a sample of North Carolina 15-year-olds were included in the test administration.
North Carolina’s reading and science performance was decent. Our state’s average scores were not significantly different than the U.S. or international averages. Math performance was dismal. North Carolina’s average score was not significantly different than the U.S. average but fell well short of many countries and the international average.