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More PISA in Perspective
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December 23, 2010, 12:24 AM
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At Super-Economy, Tino takes another crack at PISA scores, putting up graphs that overcome two of the weaknesses in my PISA graph: I could only find scores for America by race for reading (and Americans overall did better on reading in 2009 than on science and math) and I used national average scores for other mostly white countries. So, Tino compares the average of reading, math, and science for white Americans to Europeans who are not first or second generation immigrants to come up with a good apples to apples comparison. Finland is still well in the lead (546), but the U.S. comes in seventh (524) out of 27 European-origin countries, well ahead of the EU-15 average for wealthy Western European countries (506).

That sounds about right.