Report Compares Students in 32 Industrialized Countries
October 30, 2002
High school teachers in the United States spend more time teaching students than their counterparts in other countries, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But the bad news is that U.S. students perform no better than the rest.
- The report says U.S. teachers spend 73 percent more time teaching their classes than do teachers in other countries.
- While about 12 percent of U.S. 15-year-olds exhibit "top-level literary skills," about 6 percent of U.S. students are unable to do all but the most basic work -- about the same as most other industrialized countries.
- Mid-career U.S. teachers earn an average of $40,037 -- ranking eighth among 27 countries with comparable data.
- About 24 percent of American 15-year-olds say students don't listen to their teachers -- average when compared to other countries.
However, well-financed suburban schools in America are producing excellent students, the researchers found.
On average, U.S. students, on average, share computers with four other students -- compared with 13 students on a computer in other OECD countries. Perhaps that's why U.S. students report they are more comfortable with computers than their foreign counterparts say they are.
Source: Gregg Toppo (Associated Press), "Students Are Getting More Face Time, But Results Are Only Average," USA Today, October 30, 2002; "Education at a Glance - OECD Indicators 2002," Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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