Column: U.S. students underperform on global standardized testing

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Here we go again. As an educator, I naturally pay attention to issues dealing with education and have written many columns on education reform in the United States over the years.

Recently, the Daily Journal published two articles about the Program for International Student Assessment, which is organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The program is an international educational assessment of 15-year-old students focusing on reading, math and science.

The assessment is performed every three years and tests more than a half-million 15-year-old students in 65 so-called developed countries. The purpose is to determine how students are able to use what they learned both inside and outside of school to solve practical problems.

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