'Everything is just going down': US students are getting WORSE at math as science and reading skills stagnate
- American students are falling drastically behind the rest of the world in math
- The 2015 Program for International Student Assessment study found the trend
- Student performances for both science and reading found to have stagnated
- U.S. math score was 12 points lower than it was in 2012, and 18 down on 2009
- PISA study investigates performances of more than 500,000 students globally
- Just under 6,000 15-year-old pupils took part in the test for the U.S. rankings
Americans students are having major math problems and have fallen behind the rest of the world, a new study has revealed.
The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S., while performances in science and reading stagnated.
The concerning findings were part of the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which looks into the performance of more than 500,000 15-year-olds across schools in more than 70 countries. Just under 6,000 students took part in American schools.
The top performing country in all three categories was Singapore, while Hong Kong and Macau were second and third in mathematics. Japan and Estonia, and Canada and Hong Kong rounded out the top-three in science and reading, respectively.
The U.S. ranked 40th in math, 24th in reading, and 25th in science.
'We're losing ground - a troubling prospect when, in today's knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world,' Education Secretary John B. King Jr said after the results were published.
'Students in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Minnesota aren't just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany, and Japan.'