According to an article in the New York Times, scores in mathematics are lacking among students in the United States. The test is often known as PISA and stands for Program of International Student Assessment. It was given to students that were Test results indicated that there were higher math scores in 29 countries over the U.S. In science, 22 shows. Students scored better in science and reading, in 22 and 19 countries respectively. In many Asian and European countries, the math and science scores were better than in America. Richard Rothstein from the Economic Policy Institute argues these test rankings should be a cause for too much concern and says educators should “stop hyperventilating” about them. The article notes also notes that, “an increasingly vocal group of parents, teachers, union leaders and others have objected to a focus on standardized tests at the expense of values like creativity.” A professional from the Thomas B Fordham Institute believes you can teach kids to excel in math and maintain their creativity as well. To view more information please view the original article here or go back to the homepage for PatrickCapriola.net.