If BASIS Curiculum Schools were a nation, it would outscore all other countries in terms of student performance in math, reading, and science as well as students' satisfaction with their teachers.
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.
A BASIS Curriculum Schools education is a blend of the rigorous standards seen around the world with the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education. The result is that BASIS Curriculum students are positioned at the very top in the world in critical thinking and problem solving in math, reading, and science, as shown in their performance on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).
About the OECD Test for Schools
The OECD Test for Schools is based on the International PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and may be administered by schools as an international benchmarking tool. Results from the test are comparable to existing PISA scales so schools can compare their performances to other countries and school systems around the world.
PISA is an exam taken by more than half a million 15-year-old students across the globe (representing approximately 28 million students in 72 countries). PISA tests competency in reading, mathematics, and science, and the use of critical thinking in problem solving. It assesses students' capacity to creatively apply knowledge in novel situations, and also asks qualitative questions about students' satisfaction with their teachers in their respective schools.