Essay on The United States And Education

1197 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
In recent years, the United States has been seen as far behind many other countries in relation to education. As the world advances and adjusts to the needs of a technologically savvy society, the United States has failed to produce individuals ready to enter into such a world and, more immediately, into such a workplace. To combat the lack of quality education in such areas as engineering and computer science, the United States has created many scientific programs. Through the introduction of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program in primary and secondary education and the Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) in tertiary education, the United States has begun to raise the quality of education.
The quality of education is constantly compared between countries all over the world. These comparisons of quality are constantly tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This organization is consisted of about forty countries that have united to ensure development of their countries. The OECD administers a worldwide test, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), every three years to fifteen year-olds for math and science literacy. According to the PISA test results presented by OECD, the United States is ranked far behind our allies and our enemies, with the rankings of twenty-seventh for males and twenty-fifth for females out of the countries worldwide for mathematics. Math literacy is described by…

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