A new survey by the Brookings Institution asked foreign exchange students to assess the academic rigor of their U.S. high schools. What were the results? Most students feel that American classes are easier, and that while sports are emphasized and valued by teenagers, math and foreign languages are not.
This difference in educational priorities might account for the U.S.'s consistant low scores on international tests such as PISA. Back in December, Education Week correspondent Kavitha Cardoza reported on this issue for the PBS NewsHour:
- Exchange Students View U.S. Schools as ‘Easier’ Than Those Abroad
- What the International Test Gap Looks Like in U.S. Schools (Video)
- The 2015 PISA Results: What Do They Mean?
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