24 Countries That Have Smarter Children Than America

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America’s children rate embarrassingly low again on the latest round of scholastic tests from the OECD.The Program for International Student Assessment, which is released every three years, tests 15-year-old students in reading, maths and science.

Basically, America earned a “C.” We tied the OECD average rating of 496. Teenagers in East Asia and Europe scored significantly higher.

There’s one caveat to these scores. Some countries test a irregularly narrow sample of kids. Like China — which we’re not counting in our ranking because its sample of 5,100 Shanghai teenagers scored ridiculously high.

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title=”#24 Ireland”
content=”Reading: 0.8% worse than America

maths: equal to America

Science: 1.2% better than America

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

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title=”#23 France”
content=”Reading: 0.8% worse

maths: 2.1% better

Science: 0.8% worse

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

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title=”#22 Slovenia”
content=”Reading: 3.4% worse

maths: 2.9% better

Science: 2.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#21 Denmark”
content=”Reading: 1.0% worse

maths: 3.3% better

Science: 0.6% worse

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#20 United Kingdom”
content=”Reading: 1.2% worse

maths: 1.0% better

Science: 2.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#19 Norway”
content=”Reading: 0.6% better

maths: 2.3% better

Science: 0.4% worse

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#18 Poland”
content=”Reading: equal to America

maths: 1.6% better

Science: 1.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#17 Iceland”
content=”Reading: equal to America

maths: 4.1% better

Science: 1.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#16 Macau”
content=”Reading: 2.6% worse

maths: 7.8% better

Science: 1.8% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#15 Belgium”
content=”Reading: 1.2% better

maths: 5.7% better

Science: 1.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#14 Germany”
content=”Reading: 0.6% worse

maths: 5.3% better

Science: 3.6% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#13 Estonia”
content=”Reading: 0.2% better

maths: 5.1% better

Science: 5.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#12 Switzerland”
content=”Reading: 0.2% better

maths: 5.1% better

Science: 3.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#11 Liechtenstein”
content=”Reading: 0.2% worse

maths: 10% better

Science: 3.6% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#10 Netherlands”
content=”Reading: 1.6% better

maths: 8.0% better

Science: 4.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#9 Australia”
content=”Reading: 3.0% better

maths: 5.5% better

Science: 5.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#8 Taiwan”
content=”Reading: 1.0% worse

maths: 11% better

Science: 3.6% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#7 New Zealand”
content=”Reading: 4.2% better

maths: 6.6% better

Science: 6.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#6 Canada”
content=”Reading: 4.8% better

maths: 8.2% better

Science: 5.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#5 Japan”
content=”Reading: 4.0% better

maths: 8.6% better

Science: 7.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#4 South Korea”
content=”Reading: 7.8% better

maths: 12% better

Science: 7.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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permalink=”3-singapore-22″
title=”#3 Singapore”
content=”Reading: 5.2% better

maths: 15% better

Science: 8.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”#2 Finland”
content=”Reading: 7.2% better

maths: 11% better

Science: 10% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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permalink=”1-hong-kong-24″
title=”#1 Hong Kong”
content=”Reading: 6.6% better

maths: 14% better

Science: 9.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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permalink=”china-25″
title=”China*”
content=”Reading: 11% better

maths: 23% better

Science: 15% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ
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title=”But at least we have good colleges…”
content=”Here Are The 50 Best Colleges In America >
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