Max Fisher’s map for The Washington Post
Today is a big day for people who care about education. Every three years, an organization called the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests 15-year-olds around the world on reading, math and science. Its latest report just came out, comparing the standardized test’s 2012 results across 60 countries and four cities.
The map up top shows the average test scores for each country or city. Bluer countries have higher average scores; redder countries have lower scores. Purple countries fall in the middle.
First, a caveat against drawing too many conclusions from these data: The PISA report covers some very, very different countries. It’s not really fair to compare cities against entire countries, since urban areas tend to outperform non-urban areas in education. And it’s certainly not fair to compare rich countries that can afford lots of public education programs against poorer countries that can’t, except perhaps to drive home that having a robust and well-funded government can make it easier to educate lots of students… MORE
OECD’s new #PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) report: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results.htm … (Over 500.000 students evaluated)