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New Release! A First Look at results from the most recent international assessment of adult skills was released October 18, 2013. Learn about how U.S. adults compare internationally in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in a technology-rich environment here.  Read the Commissioner’s Statement here.

Results from the most recent international student assessments in reading, mathematics, and science were released December 2012 in two NCES reports. Learn about how U.S. 4th-graders compare with their peers around the world in reading here and how U.S. 4th- and 8th-graders compare in math and science here. Read the Commissioner’s Statement here.

What's the proportion of top students in the United States and how does it compare with other countries? How about the proportion of low performing students? And, how do the U.S. states that most recently participated in international assessments--Massachusetts and Minnesota--do on these measures? Two Snapshots From the International Data Explorer provide quick summaries of the international results on the proportions of top performers and low performers in education systems around the world.

The OECD's multi-volume international report with PISA 2009 results and PISA 2009 Profiles online tool are now available.

The PISA 2009 results are now available. Find out about U.S. student performance on PISA 2009 in the U.S. national report, Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context

Explore and analyze PISA data, including the just-released PISA 2009 data, using the International Data Explorer.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) indicators are available in the 2010 Condition of Education.

Find out about U.S. student performance on international assessments in the supplement to the 2009 Condition of Education, U.S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to the Condition of Education 2009.

PDF File International assessment informational brochure (488KB): Learn about PIAAC, PIRLS, PISA, and TIMSS, how they compare with one another, and which countries participate. (web version)

Now Available:
Teacher Strategies to Help Fourth-Graders Having Difficulty in Reading: An International Perspective (September 2009)

U.S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2009. (August 2009)

Papers presented at the NCES "What We Can Learn From PISA" research conference
(June 2, 2009)

The International Comparability of Socioeconomic Measures in PISA 2006. (AERA Presentation, 2009)

PIRLS 2006 U.S. public-use data files (April 2009)

PISA 2006 U.S. public-use data files (April 2009)

Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2009 (March 2009)


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