When journalists report that the United States is lagging behind educational systems around the world, they are usually referring to results on a common exam given to 15-year-old students: The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). What is striking about this exam is that it is a test of applied knowledge. Memorizing facts and figures alone won’t deliver a high score. Rather, the test assesses problem solving and critical thinking; to do well, students need to think beyond the boundaries of each subject and consider how they relate to each other in a real-world, problem-solving context.
The BASIS Curriculum blends rigorous worldwide standards with the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education. As a result, BASIS Curriculum students are positioned at the very top in the world as measured by their performance on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).
Students at BASIS Curriculum Schools outscore students around the globe, including students in the highest-ranked school systems in the world according to the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).
BASIS Curriculum students are more likely to score in the highest performance categories than the average American student. They are also more likely to score in the highest performance category than students in any other country or educational system, including Shanghai. Students “…who get to Level 5 or above can be regarded as potential ‘world-class’ knowledge workers of tomorrow,” according to the OECD Test for Schools report.
BASIS Curriculum School students are not only the highest performing kids in the world, they are also among the most satisfied with their teachers. Educational systems worldwide were ranked based on student performance and the percentage of students who agree or strongly agree with the following statements: