U.S. students score low on international test

Created: 12/03/2013 9:22 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a test given to students around the world. On Tuesday, those test results were released, showing where the United States stands.

According to the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, American students scored below the international average in many subjects. Educators blame high rates of child poverty and population diversity.

Every three years, the test is given to 15 year olds in every U.S. state and in 60 countries.

The test is based on a 1,000 point scale. In math, the U.S. scored 481. The international score was 484. In science, the U.S. scored 497. The international score was 501. In reading, the U.S. scored a little higher at 498, while the international score was 496.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation."

In September, Duncan talked about the importance of early education in Santa Fe during his national tour.

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