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International Tests

International tests allow you to compare student performance between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Use the links below to see an explanation of each test, an overview of test results, and links for finding more info.

  >CivEd - Civic Education Survey
 >PIRLS - Progress in International Reading Literacy Test
  >PISA - Program for International Student Assessment
 >TIMSS - Trends in International Math & Science Study

CivEd
Civic Education Survey

  • Enacted: 1999
  • Purpose: To provide information on U.S. ninth-graders' knowledge of democratic practices and institutions and on how it compares with the knowledge of students in 27 other participating countries. In addition, CivEd provides data about U.S. ninth-grade students’ attitudes toward democracy, national identity, international relations, and social cohesion and diversity.
  • Grades Tested: 14 year-olds (8th and 9th grades)
  • Frequency: The CivEd assessment has not been conducted again since 1999
  • Subjects Tested: Civic education
  • Participating Nations: 28 countries, mostly in Europe. See a complete list>>
  • Test Website: http://nces.ed.gov/Surveys/CivEd/index.asp

CivEd Test Results Overview

Average Scores and Rankings, 9th Grade, CivEd 1999
National Center for Education Statistics

In Civics, the U.S. ranked 6th overall and 5th out of 17 developed democracies (OECD).
    
Civics & Democracy Knowledge
Rank
Country
OECD
Score
1
Poland
x
111
2
Finlandx
109
3
Cyprus
 108
3
Greece
x
108
5
Hong Kong
 107
6
United Statesx
106
7Italy
x
105
7
Slovak Republic
x
105
9
Czech Republic
x
103
9
Norway
x
103
11
Australia
x
102
11
Hungary
x
102
13
Slovenia
 101
--
AVERAGE

100
14
Denmark
x
100
14
Germany
x
100
14
Russia
 100
17
Sweden
x
99
17
United Kingdomx
99
19
Bulgaria 98
19
Switzerland
x
98
21
Portugalx
96
22
Belgium (French)
x
95
23
Estonia
 94
23
Lithuania
 94
25
Latvia 92
25
Romania
 92
27
Chile
 88
28
Columbia
 86

Graph Notes

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= Score is lower than the U.S.

For more info

PIRLS
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study

  • Purpose: To study and compare the reading achievement and reading behaviors and attitudes of fourth-grade students around the world.
  • Enactment Date: 2001
  • Grades Tested: 4th grade
  • Frequency: Every 5 years
  • Subjects Tested: Reading
  • Participating Nations: 45 countries from 6 continents. See a complete list>>
  • Test Website: http://nces.ed.gov/Surveys/PIRLS/index.asp

PIRLS Test Results Overview

Average Scores and Rankings, 8th Grade, PIRLS 2006
National Center for Education Statistics

In Reading, the U.S. ranked 18th overall and 10th out of 20 developed democracies (OECD).
    
READING
Rank
Country
OECD
Score
1
Russia 565
2
Hong Kong
 564
3
Canada, Alberta
x
560
4
Canada, British Columbia
x
558
4
Singapore
 558
6
Luxembourg
x
557
7
Canada, Ontario
x
555
8
Hungary
x
551
8
Italy
x551
10
Sweden
x
549
11
Germany
x
548
12
Belgium (Flemish)
x
547
12
Bulgaria
 547
12
Netherlands
x
547
15
Denmark
x
546
16Canada, Nova Scotia
x542
17
Latvia
 541
18
United Statesx
540
19
Englandx
539
20
Austria
x
538
21
Lithuania
 537
22
Taiwan
 535
23
Canada, Quebec
x
533
24
New Zealand
x
532
25
Slovak Republic
x
531
26
Scotland
x
527
27
France
x
522
27
Slovenia
 522
29
Poland
x
519
30
Spain
x
513
31
Israel
 512
32
Iceland
x
511
--
AVERAGE
500
33
Belgium (France)
x
500
33
Moldova 500
35
Norway
x
498
36
Romania
 489
37
Georgia
 471
38
Macedonia
 442
39
Trinidad and Tobago
 436
40
Iran
 421
41
Indonesia
 405
42
Qatar
 353
43
Kuwait 330
44
Morocco
 323
45
South Africa
 302

Graph Notes

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For more info

PISA
Program for International Student Assessment

  • Purpose: To compare student performance between member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an organization of industrialized nations. PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired near the end of mandatory schooling.
  • Enactment Date: 2000
  • Grades Tested: 15 year old students (9th and 10th grades)
  • Frequency: Every 3 years
  • Subjects Tested: Math, science, and reading. Every 3 years one of the subjects is tested in depth.
  • Participating Nations: Varies from year to year (57 participated in 2006). All 30 nations belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) participated in the test.  The OECD consists of developed countries that are committed to democracy and market economy.
  • Test Website: http://nces.ed.gov/Surveys/PISA/

PISA Test Results Overview

Average Scores of Developed Nations, 15 Year-Olds, PISA 2006
National Center for Education Statistics

In Math, the U.S. ranked 25th out of 30 developed democracies (OECD).   In Science, the U.S. ranked 21st out of 30 developed democracies (OECD).
    
MATH
   SCIENCE
Rank
Country
Score
  RankCountry Score
1
Finland
548
  1
Finland
563
2
South Korea
547
  2
Canada
534
3
Netherlands
531
  3
Japan
531
4
Switzerland
530
  4
New Zealand
530
5
Canada
527
  5
Australia
527
6
Japan
523
  6
Netherlands
525
7
New Zealand
522
  7
South Korea
522
8
Belgium (Flemish)
520
  8
Germany
516
9
Australia
520
  9
United Kingdom515
10
Denmark
513
  10
Czech Republic
513
11
Czech Republic510
  11
Switzerland
512
12
Iceland 506
  12
Austria
511
13
Austria
505
  13
Belgium (Flemish)
510
14
Germany
504
  14
Ireland
508
15
Sweden
502
  15
Hungary
504
16
Ireland
501
  16
Sweden
503
--
AVERAGE
498
  --AVERAGE500
17
France
496
  17
Poland
498
18
United Kingdom495
  18
Denmark
496
19
Poland
495
  19
France
495
20
Slovak Republic
492
  20
Iceland
491
21
Hungary
491
  21
United States
489
22
Luxembourg
490
  22
Slovak Republic488
23
Norway
490
  23
Spain
488
24
Spain
480
  24
Norway
487
25
United States
474
  25
Luxembourg486
26
Portugal
466
  26
Italy
475
27
Italy
462
  27
Portugal
474
28
Greece459
  28
Greece
473
29Turkey
424
  29
Turkey
424
30
Mexico
406
  30
Mexico
410

Graph Notes

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= Score is lower than the U.S.

For more info

TIMSS
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

  • Purpose: To provide reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries.
  • Enactment Date: 1995
  • Grades Tested: Varies between 4th, 8th, and 12th grades (12th graders were only tested in 1995)
  • Frequency: Every 4 years
  • Subjects Tested: Math and science
  • Participating Nations: Varies from year to year (48 countries participated in 2007). See a complete list>>
  • Test Website: http://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS/

TIMSS Test Results Overview

Average Scores and Rankings, 8th Grade, TIMSS 2007
National Center for Education Statistics

In Math, the U.S. ranked 9th overall and 7th out of 15 countries with advanced economies.
  In Science, the U.S. ranked 11th overall and 9th out of 15 countries with advanced economies.
          
MATH

  SCIENCE
Rank
Country
Advanced
Economy

Score
  RankCountry Advanced
Economy
Score
1
Taiwanx
598
  1
Singapore
x
567
2
South Korea
x
597
  2
Taiwanx
561
3
Singapore
x
593
  3
Japan
x
554
4
Hong Kongx
572
  4
South Korea
x
553
5
Japan
x
570
  5
England
x
542
--
ADVANCED ECONOMIES AVERAGE
x
523
  6Hungary 539
6
Hungary 517
  6Czech Republicx
539
7
England
x
513
  8
Sloveniax
538
8
Russia
 512
  9
Hong Kongx
530
9
United States
x
508
  10
Russiax
530
10
Lithuania 506
  --
ADVANCED ECONOMIES AVERAGE x525
11
Czech Republic
x
504
  11
United States
x
520
12
Slovenia
x
501
  12
Lithuania
 519
--
AVERAGE
 500
  13
Australia
x515
13
Armenia
 499
  14
Sweden
x
511
14
Australia
x
496
  --
AVERAGE 500

15

Sweden
x
491
  15
Scotlandx
496
16
Malta
 488
  16
Italyx
495
17
Scotland
x
487
  17
Armenia 488
18
Serbia
 486
  18
Norwayx
487
19
Italy
x480
  19
Ukraine 485
20
Malaysia
 474
  20
Jordan 482
21
Norway
x469
  21
Malaysia 471
22
Cyprus 465
  21
Thailand 471
23
Bulgaria
 464
  23
Serbia 470
24
Israel
x
463
  23
Bulgaria 470
25
Ukraine
 462
  25
Israelx
468
26
Romania
 461
  26
Bahrain 467
27
Bosnia
 456
  27Bosnia 466
28Lebanon
 449
  28
Romania 462
29
Thailand
 441
  29
Iran 459
30
Turkey
 432
  30
Malta 457
31
Jordan
 427
  31
Turkey 454
32
Tunisia
 420
  32
Syria 452
33
Georgia
 410
  32
Cyprus 452
34
Iran
 403
  34
Tunisia 445
35
Bahrain
 398
  35
Indonesia 427
36
Indonesia
 397
  36
Oman 423
37
Syria 395
  37
Georgia 421
38
Egypt 391  38
Kuwait 418
39
Algeria
 387  39
Colombia 417
40
Colombia
 380  40
Lebanon 414
41
Oman
 372  41
Egypt 408
42
Palestine
 367
  41
Algeria 408
43
Botswana
 364
  43
Palestine 404
44
Kuwait
 354
  44
Saudi Arabia 403
45
El Salvador
 340
  45
El Salvador 387
46
Saudi Arabia
 329
  46
Botswana 355
47
Ghana
 309
  47
Qatar  319
48
Qatar
 307  48
Ghana 303

Graph Notes

>>= Score is higher than the U.S.
 = Score is not measurably different from the U.S.
<>
= Score is lower than the U.S.

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