International Assessments of Student Achievement
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Documenting the Lag in
U.S. Student Achievement
Condition of Education summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report is an indicator report intended for a general audience of readers who are interested in education.
The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available.
For the 2009 edition, the National Center for Education Statistics prepared a special analysis (U.S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2009) to take a closer look at U.S. student performance on international assessments.
This special analysis looks at information gathered from recent international studies that U.S. students have participated in: the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
This special analysis examines the performance of U.S. students in reading, mathematics, and science compared with the performance of their peers in other countries that participated in PIRLS, PISA, and TIMSS.
It identifies which of these countries have outperformed the United States, in terms of students' average scores and the percentage of students reaching internationally benchmarked performance levels, and which countries have done so consistently.