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(Using Gapfinder) Essay

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Standardized testing is the most commonly used method of testing in the United States as well as other countries around the world. This type of testing is used to determine one’s achievement, growth, and progress through the years based on academic learning. Recently, scholastic performance in America has been strongly focused on mathematics and science education because American children are seemingly lagging behind in those departments. Therefore, standardized test standards have been reconstructed in hopes of helping American children catch up to their Asian peers.
According to recent reports concerning the PISA, American teens are consistently turning in tests that fail to rank them even in the top twenty. “The latest results, ...view middle of the document...

Within my graph, I have selected some countries that are performing better than the United States and others that are performing poorly compared to the United States. While, you can see that the United States’ scores haven’t changed much, neither have Japan’s, Singapore’s or Hong Kong’s. The graph only shows scores up to 2007. In 2011, Japan scored a 570, Singapore scored a 611, and Hong Kong scored a 586, while the United States scored a 509. The average score for the test this year was a 500. Comparing the graph and the 2011 data, Japan stayed consistent; Singapore jumped from the 593 in 2007; and Hong Kong jumped from the 572 in 2007. The United States remained fairly consistent, jumping only one point from the 508 in 2007. [2]
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While the United States isn’t quite stepping up to take the lead, Americans are not satisfied with the fact that we are not number one in the ranking system. The American government is taking steps in order to prevent any more falling behind in the American school system.

Bibliography
(1) http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/03/248329823/u-s-high-school-students-slide-in-math-reading-science
(2) https://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS/results11.asp
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