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.

#24 Ireland

Reading: 0.8% worse than America

maths: equal to America

Science: 1.2% better than America

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#23 France

Reading: 0.8% worse

maths: 2.1% better

Science: 0.8% worse

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#22 Slovenia

Reading: 3.4% worse

maths: 2.9% better

Science: 2.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#21 Denmark

Reading: 1.0% worse

maths: 3.3% better

Science: 0.6% worse

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#20 United Kingdom

Reading: 1.2% worse

maths: 1.0% better

Science: 2.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#19 Norway

Reading: 0.6% better

maths: 2.3% better

Science: 0.4% worse

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#18 Poland

Reading: equal to America

maths: 1.6% better

Science: 1.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#17 Iceland

Reading: equal to America

maths: 4.1% better

Science: 1.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#16 Macau

Reading: 2.6% worse

maths: 7.8% better

Science: 1.8% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#15 Belgium

Reading: 1.2% better

maths: 5.7% better

Science: 1.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#14 Germany

Reading: 0.6% worse

maths: 5.3% better

Science: 3.6% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#13 Estonia

Reading: 0.2% better

maths: 5.1% better

Science: 5.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#12 Switzerland

Reading: 0.2% better

maths: 5.1% better

Science: 3.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#11 Liechtenstein

Reading: 0.2% worse

maths: 10% better

Science: 3.6% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#10 Netherlands

Reading: 1.6% better

maths: 8.0% better

Science: 4.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#9 Australia

Reading: 3.0% better

maths: 5.5% better

Science: 5.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#8 Taiwan

Reading: 1.0% worse

maths: 11% better

Science: 3.6% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#7 New Zealand

Reading: 4.2% better

maths: 6.6% better

Science: 6.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#6 Canada

Reading: 4.8% better

maths: 8.2% better

Science: 5.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#5 Japan

Reading: 4.0% better

maths: 8.6% better

Science: 7.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#4 South Korea

Reading: 7.8% better

maths: 12% better

Science: 7.2% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#3 Singapore

Reading: 5.2% better

maths: 15% better

Science: 8.0% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#2 Finland

Reading: 7.2% better

maths: 11% better

Science: 10% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

#1 Hong Kong

Reading: 6.6% better

maths: 14% better

Science: 9.4% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

China*

Reading: 11% better

maths: 23% better

Science: 15% better

Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

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