US Students Above Average In Problem Solving Skills

PBS’ NewsHour (4/2) reports online that the Programme for International Student Assessment has released the first results of “a new, international test of problem-solving skills given to 15-year-olds,” noting that the report shows that “American students performed just above average.” Noting that the test was administered alongside the “traditional” math, science, and reading PISA tests, the article says that when those results were released, “Education Secretary Arne Duncan called US students’ middling results on the traditional exams a sign of the country’s ‘educational stagnation.’” The article briefly describes the “open-ended interactive problems” on the test.