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The recently published results of the PISA 2012 (Programme for International Student Assessment, in trans. From English. - International Student Assessment Program), a large-scale monitoring of the competence of adolescents from 65 countries in the core areas of expertise.
In a study conducted at the initiative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, attended by about 510-thousand students aged 15-16. Each of them offered to perform the test, having the task of the three main branches of subject - science, math, and analysis of the text, with the decision of all the tasks allotted two o'clock.
The best results showed the students of Asian countries: first of all the indicators belongs to Shanghai (China as a whole the state is not involved in the study), followed by Singapore and Hong Kong closes the top three. Of the European countries in the top ten included only Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Russia occupies 34 place in the rating, and the United States have settled on the 36 th place: Russian schoolchildren have surpassed the US in mathematics, but somewhat lost in the natural sciences and the analysis of the text.
The study found that there is a strong correlation between the level of GDP per capita and the education of schoolchildren, with many experts note that the results are not too objective, so do not consider the rating absolutely true.
For example, Americans Richard Rothstein and Martin Carnoy, in his article "How to manipulate public opinion about the results of PISA 2012", published in the «Washington Post», wrote:
«Our report refutes the widespread view that the US position in the rankings affect the reputation and potential of the country. Of course, the United States needs skilled and educated professionals, but there is no reason to believe that at present there are not enough ».
blockquote> The authors believe that we should not make hasty conclusions based on the data of the rating, but many experts believe that Rothstein and Karna simply dissatisfied with the achievements of American students.