Recent results from an international assessment indicate that students in the United States continue to stagnate in their reading and science academic scores, while they are losing ground in their performance in math.
The scores from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), shows that American students are still in the middle of the pack – just as they were three years ago. The statistics also show that they slipping in math proficiency.
Heritage Foundation Research Associate Mary Clare Reim maintains that America’s education model is broken.
"We are one of the wealthiest countries on the planet,” Reim pointed out. “We should be able to excel in this area, and I think what this tells us is our system is a little broken – that money may not exactly be the answer if you have a bad model."
She contends that the lackluster progress the United States continues to show that educators are at least partially responsible – teachers who support the status quo, which repels innovation and holds us back.
"And so we should be able to have the country look at these PISA scores and say 'OK, we need to change some things,' Reim insists. “And, unfortunately, our system is so ingrained that we're not able to do that."
Reim argues that providing better and more school choice options for parents is the best hope for improving student achievement in America.