MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE SCORES – GLOBAL U.S. RANKING
Students in the U.S. fall behind those in China, Europe, and Canada in math and science. A global comparison of Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores from 2015 shows the average score for the U.S. was lower than that of many other countries for both math and science.
While the average science literacy score of 496 was somewhat better than the average score of 470 for the PISA Math assessment, the overall U.S. scores were well below those of top performers like Singapore, Japan, and China* (see GRAPH 3.14). With the scientists and engineers of tomorrow currently in school, the U.S. needs to strengthen its education system to support the development of domestic science and engineering talent
The United States is lagging in the output of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering fields. The U.S. continues to trail the top eight countries in the E.U., as measured by the total number of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering (S&E) awarded since 2000, and has also been eclipsed by China. China’s output of S&E bachelor’s degrees has increased by over 360 percent since 2000.