How Do U.S. Students Stack Up? The Verdict is In

Education is critical to the future of the United States. It instills the knowledge, develops the critical thinking skills, and fosters the creativity that will help Americans compete in the 21st century.

According to recent studies, however, the United States continues to lag behind its industrialized counterparts in education. In the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), for example, US fourth and eighth graders ranked 8th and 11th, respectively. In the 2011 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, evaluating 15 year old students in OECD countries, the US ranked 14th for reading and 25th for math. Furthermore, in a 2012 Pearson report, the US ranked 17th in the developed world for overall education.

Fortunately, trends from several tests suggest that the United States is improving. In fact, in several cases, the US has made greater gains than the top-scoring countries. These results are promising, however, there is still significant room for improvement.

Many non-profits recognize this reality and are working to boost American students’ academic achievement. At Op4G, we are proud to partner with 21 such non-profits. These include Books for Charity, Cabrini Connections, Alumni for Public Schools, and Junior Achievement chapters across the United States. But these non-profits need support! To offer your help, please complete Op4G surveys on their behalf.

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