Bay State students rank high in international test compared with other 65 countries

510,000 students tested worldwide included 1,700 Massachusetts students from 49 public schools
Bay State's 15-year-olds ranked seventh in science, tenth in math compared with 65 other countries.

Massachusetts 15-year-olds were bested by their counterparts in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore in reading literacy, and ranked seventh in science and tenth in math, according to test results from 65 countries released by the state.

Tied with Japan and South Korea

Bay State 15-year-olds were statistically tied with Japan and South Korea in reading scores. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average reading literacy score of Massachusetts 15-year-olds of 527 was somewhat below Japan and Korea in reading, but statistically tied.

Read the Massachusetts results here.

“The performance of our 15-year-olds, particularly in reading where they scored among the world's leaders, reflects the tremendous efforts of educators and students statewide to achieve a world-class education,” Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said in a statement.

“The top performing countries are actively working on upgrading their program of study, and so is Massachusetts. We are implementing new college and career ready standards, working to turn around our lowest performing schools and districts, and enhancing the effectiveness of all educators to support their growth and development.”

 510,000 students worldwide, 1,700 Massachusetts students from 49 public schools

The survey sampled 510,000 students worldwide and 1,700 Massachusetts students from 49 public schools, who took a two-hour PISA test in October and November of 2012. Bay State 15-year-olds ranked below peers in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Finland and Estonia in science. The Massachusetts average score of 527 in science was slightly below Korea and Vietnam, but within the margin of error. In math, Massachusetts ranked below Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, Japan, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.

The Bay State score of 514 in math was slightly below the Netherlands, Estonia, Finland, Canada, Poland and Belgium and tied with Germany, though all those are within the margin of error.


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