No Genius Left Behind!
In 2003, U.S. adults were outperformed by adults in Norway, Bermuda, Canada, and Switzerland.
Adults in Bermuda, Norway, and Canada had higher literacy scores than U.S. adults at both the high and low ends of the score distribution.
The highest performers (the top 10 percent of adults) had literacy scores of 353 or higher in Bermuda, 348 or higher in Norway, and 344 or higher in Canada, compared with 333 or higher in the United States.
The lowest performers (those in the bottom 10 percent) in Bermuda had literacy scores of 213 or lower, 233 or lower in Norway, and 209 or lower in Canada, compared with 201 or lower in the United States.
The lowest performers in Switzerland also outperformed their U.S.
counterparts in literacy, scoring 216 or lower. could read.
Challenge Not Possible
Statistics are clearly showing that Americans can't compete globally. Advocates for Gifted Education have had our complaints about this issue fall upon deaf ears for years.
America On a Steady Decline
In 2007, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) conducted a study. Fourth- and eighth-grade students were tested in Math and Science against 35 other participating countries. It was noted that the average eighth-grade math score was higher than 23 other countries. However, what the report does not highlight is that the countries at the top are the ones that consistently pose strong competition against us for American jobs.
Fourth-graders faired worse. The United States placed 11th on the list with mostly Asian countries leading the pack.
Science statistics had a disturbing opposite showing
It was the fourth-graders that faired a little better at the 8th spot with the same Asian countries in the lead. Eighth-grade US students dropped to the 11th spot.
For both grade levels, Hong Kong SAR took first place in Math, while Singapore took first place in Science.