How well did American kids do in science?

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023

But also, what happened to Finland? Yesterday, we showed you how American students performed on one part of the 2022 PISA.

The PISA administers tests in three subject areas: Reading Literacy, Science Literacy, Math Literacy. Here are some of the scores we showed you from the 2022 reading test:

Average scores, Reading Literacy, 2022 PISA:
U.S. Asian-American kids: 579
Singapore: 543
U.S. white kids: 537
Japan: 516
South Korea: 515
Taiwan: 515
Canada: 507
United States: 504
Australia: 498
U.K.: 494
Finland: 490
Germany: 480
France: 474 

As you can see, two groups of American kids scored at a very high level on the reading test. As we'll help you see tomorrow, that's a type of fact you'll never be told in major American newspapers.

Also, what happened to Finland? After we raised this general topic on Monday, Kevin Drum posted the graphics from the blogger Cremieux. He also rolled his eyes at the descent of mighty Finland, which had long been the mainstream press corps' favorite.

In real time, we wrote and wrote, then wrote again, about the possible lack of insight involved in the Finland worship. So what the heck happened to Finland last year?

We know of one possible explanation. Please come back tomorrow.

In the numbers posted above, you see two groups of American kids whose scores headed straight off the charts. Your major newspapers won't tell you such things. Tomorrow, we'll offer the links which will let you see this.

We've omitted some of the data we showed you yesterday—data presenting the lower scores of two other groups of American kids. Simply put, our mainstream journalists never report these subgroup scores. Tomorrow, we'll offer a fairly obvious guess concerning the reasons for that.

For today, we'll show you a bunch of scores from the PISA Science Literacy test. In this case, we'll include four subgroup scores by American kids, the good along with the rest:

Average scores, Science Literacy, 2022 PISA:
U.S. Asian-American kids: 578
Singapore: 561
Japan: 547
U.S. white kids: 537
Taiwan: 537
South Korea: 528
Canada: 515
Finland: 511
Australia: 507
U.K.: 500
United States: 499
Germany: 492
France: 487
U.S. Hispanic kids: 471
U.S. black kids: 449

You're right! American kids didn't score quite as well on the science test. In the aggregate, our kids were even outscored by Finland!

In the aggregate, American kids did outperform their counterparts from Germany and France. They were basically even with their peers from the U.K. 

Also this:

Once again, two groups of Americans kids scored at a very high level on this international test. For whatever reason, it's the sort of thing you'll never be told by our major newspapers.

We'll ponder the meaning of all this tomorrow. Also, we'll show you the scores from the Math Literacy test, on which American kids have tended to score quite poorly.

(In the past, American kids have scored much better on the math test administered by the TIMSS, the other major international testing program.)

When it comes to performance by American kids, these PISA scores involve the current long and short of it. Tomorrow, we'll look at the PISA Math Literacy scores, and we'll consider the way these data get reported.

For full PISA data, you should start here. After that, you're on your own.


53 comments:

  1. I’d like to see the scores for Jewish American kids. I am Korbi.

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    1. Good point, Korbi. Here are some other breakdowns that might be informative:
      Mormon kids
      Military kids in military schools
      US-born black kids vs. black kids raised abroad
      Inner city blacks vs non-inner city blacks

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    2. I'd like to see scores for kids who know that slavery was the cause of the US Civil War vs kids who don't know. I am Quorbie.

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  2. How is it possible to write about test scores without mentioning covid responses?

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  3. The large score differences of various ethnic groups ought to be worth seriously studying. Too bad that such studies are so risky. They might suggest some genetic factors. Can't risk that. Famous Nobel Prize winner James Watson tried that and was severely punished.

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    1. I’d like to see a genetic explanation for Nikki Haley’s difficulty learning that slavery was the cause of the Civil War.

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    2. How does one control for racism?

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    3. Admit it David you want to believe in race science. You think maybe the commies are suppressing good White genes. Where is that white power you were promised?

      Genetics doesn't explain why there's Asian students failing school too does it?

      Still, lack of of food causes extra effects on mental acuity but also knock on effects in anxiety. Famines in China. Regular fasting in Jewish religion likely helps the brain assuming you survive the next few generations without getting killed.

      But you want a Superman. You have the sanity of Nietzsche.

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    4. Anonymouse 9:29pm, is likely to be the same anonymouse who channels Mengele on the brain structure of conservatives.

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    5. Cecelia, what was the cause of the Civil War? I am Kerby.

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    6. Kevin knows what caused the Civil War:

      https://jabberwocking.com/did-nikki-haley-insult-republican-voters/

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    7. Anonymouse 10:13pm, whether or not you should show any cleavage before the afternoon,

      I thought everyone knew that.

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    8. Ah yes to Americans arguing against race science is also racist somehow I forgot

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    9. The civil war was such a funny joke ha ha ha.

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    10. The great leader of the time wanted to "save the union".

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    11. The next U.S,. Civil War will be fought over the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
      The sides are already taken.

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  4. Many of those high performing Asian kids really want to go to Harvard, so much so that a group of them sued. It’s doubtful they are aghast that the Tootsie Roll guy is a major donor.

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    1. Many of those people are being used by existing white segregation money to enforce white supremacy using other races as tokens

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    2. Most Asian Americans do not support them

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    3. I’d say most Asian Americans want to succeed.

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    4. Damn that really was your whole argument, that you need to ignore white supremacy to succeed?

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    5. The majority of Asian Americans support affirmative action and the people suing have white sugar daddies.

      Cry harder

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  5. Segregation, intergenerational wealth, nutrition and epigenetics explain the test scores so there's no need for debunked science just cause we can see the effects in a label.

    Do you really think there's actual races of people?

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  6. You think the Lord of the rings books are real too don't you

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  7. 11:41, well, interesting, but I’d like to know how Somerby knows those kids with the low scores were “black”.

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  8. Cecelia won’t say slavery was the cause of the Civil War. How about David? Will you say it, David? Will you say that slavery was the cause of the Civil War?

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    1. Wasn't it the secession, organized by the Democratic Party?

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    2. I can't tell if you people are just playing games or are you really so stupid to believe that the Democratic party today is the same as the party was 180 years ago, down in good ol' Dixie? do you really believe that, troll boy?

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    3. Why did they secede?

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    4. Who knows. Ask the DNC.

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    5. The DNC says, “We started the Civil War because the Republicans were going to abolish slavery.”

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    6. Okay. Then this has gotta be your story.

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    7. Will Republicans admit that’s what happened? The South seceded to preserve slavery?

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    8. "Republicans"? "Admit"? What does it even mean?

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  9. I want a definitive statement from the leading Daily Howler commentator. What was the cause of the Civil War, David?

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    1. Anonymices possess such a bitter, wrathful, and resentful personae. They simmer and glower because there are individuals who are not under their control.

      They are constantly performing for each other. Nothing irritates them more than individuals like Bob, who don’t engage in that behavior, and who refuse to comply with their kabuki posturing demands.

      Consequently, their self-proclaimed altruism (which is merely the fa├žade of public policy stances) lacks joy and even goodwill. Their actions are solely driven by a mindset that only seeks dominance.

      Anonymices deserve each other.

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    2. “Personae” is plural. A persona, many personae.

      Anyway, I know Cecilia won’t say that slavery was the cause of the Civil War. I still want to hear from David.

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    3. I wish the US of A was like North Korea. I envy Kim Jong Il.

      I smell my fingers.
      I am Corby.

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    4. I must admit it was amusing watching Nimarata's reaction when she was asked the question. She didn't know whether to shit or go blind. LOL

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    5. Nikki Haley knows slavery was the cause of the Civil War. She lied because she didn't want to be called "woke" by people she is trying to get to elect her President.

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    6. I had a woke pebble in my shoe the other day.

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    7. My question is why did Haley throw away a
      "all those potential votes" from the Republican voters who aren't bigots?

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  10. ":Anonymices possess such a bitter, wrathful, and resentful personae. They simmer and glower because there are individuals who are not under their control."

    In the words of Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson, "Abortions today. Abortions tomorrow. Abortions forever!"
    LOL

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  11. Gaston Glock has died.

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  12. This is what real media analysis looks like:

    https://digbysblog.net/2023/12/28/biden-has-two-formidable-opponents/

    Digby's blog discusses Fox News' opposition to Biden.

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    1. Yes, FoxNews supports Republicans. However Dems are supported by pretty much all other news sources, by the universities and by much of the Federal Government.

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    2. Digby just now figured out the Fox News was an opponent of Democrats? What an idiot.

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    3. Democrats are going to get smoked so hard in the next election.

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  13. David, what was the cause of the Civil War?

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    1. I did not go to school, I was smelling glue that day.

      I am Corby.

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    2. I didn’t go to school either, but I wasn’t smelling any glue. I’m the nice Corby.

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    3. You are Boris.

      I am Corby.

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