The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently released a 42-page report evaluating how U.S. students performed on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Created in 2000 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), PISA is "a system of international assessments that allows countries to compare outcomes of learning as students near the end of compulsory schooling." In this report, readers can learn more about how PISA assesses student skills and how American students in particular performed on this test. Visitors may especially be interested in a series of tables and graphs that appear on pages 17 through 26 of the report. In this section, readers can see how American students' scores compared to the scores of students in 69 other countries and regions in each of the four measured subject areas.
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