By Angel Lizardi |Staff Writer|
Young adults scored well below the international average in a global test.
The test included subjects like math, reading, and problem solving skills which the age group ranging from 16 to 24 tested poorly.
Twenty-three industrialized nations participated in the test, which was conducted by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The OECD released the results Tuesday Oct.10, and Americans placed 18 out of 23 for literacy and last in both math and problem solving skills.
According to Al-Jazeera, “Students in the same age bracket in Japan, Australia, Canada, and Finland all scored exceptionally higher on the test.”
Aside from basic math and english problems, the test also contained questions that asked takers to calculate the mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email, and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.
According to seattlepi.com, “Americans on average scored 29 points below the average countries in math, and 40 below the top countries like Japan and Finland.”
CSUSB students were not surprised by these findings.
Maria Flores, a junior who is a math major, said she thinks that we aren’t challenged enough in high school.
“Coming out of high school and into college I feel like our teachers didn’t prepare us for what was in store for us,” said Flores.
“I feel like we aren’t setting the bar high enough for our students,” said Flores.
Chelsey Jones, a senior at CSUSB with a focus on education, said she believes that education starts with the teacher developing a relationship with the students and said it’s unfortunate that our curriculum is created by people who have no experience in the educational field.
“I feel that the educational system is stifling our kids, prohibiting them from reaching their full potential; we place a bigger focus on how we test as a group overall, than paying attention to how the individual students are progressing,” said Jones.
Professors at CSUSB mentioned that it is more challenging to teach now.
English professor Chloe De Los Reyes, explained that high school teachers are put under more pressure now to make sure that their students meet all of the requirements for testing.
“There is a constant pressure to make sure that all the scores are up to par, and the goal of education has shifted to meet those requirements,” added Reyes.
Dr. Iris Riggs, a professor at CSUSB’s College of Education, said that the state is aware of the situation and has developed a “common core” of goals for students to achieve that would challenge them and make learning fun at the same time.
The “common core” is a set of standards that would get the students to make sense of math.
Interacting with other students and sharing how they come to a conclusion can help students understand.
“The common core has more of an emphasis on student to student relationships,” said Dr. Riggs.
With the United States citing math skills as one of the most important qualities to have in a job, and the younger generation using technology more than ever, the U.S. presence as intellectual superpower could be at risk.
Next week the Chronicle will investigate and review the recent statistic results of the English, math, and writing placement tests for new students at CSUSB.