International Standardized Test Results Show United States Not on Par with TopEducation Systems According to Infographic

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Currently, 65 countries take part in a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old students and their scholastic performance. Results of this evaluation put the United States nowhere near the top ten in the test’s three categories of reading, math and science, leaving many parents wondering why.

Parents can play a crucial role in their child’s education and development through simply engaging with them., a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “U.S. vs. Them,” an infographic that takes a look at how the United States education system stacks up against other countries on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) standardized test. The infographic shows that while the United States spends more per year on education, their lesser-funded counterparts score masses higher on the standardized test. Shanghai, China, for example, only spent $42,064 in 2007 and scored an average 80 points higher on the reading, math and science tests that year (the most recent data available).

"I think some people will be shocked by where the U.S. is ranked in some of these subjects, and that's what we want, to give people information they didn't already know," said Seth Restaino, spokesperson. “Additionally, we want people to see what factors go into these scores, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

According to the infographic, test performance appears to be associated with several positive and negative factors such as placing an emphasis on standardized tests or the removal of weak or disruptive students from school. Additionally, readers will find that parents play a huge part in score increases. In fact, just by playing word games with children or discussing political and social issues with them appears to have a positive impact on test performance.

“It is important to not just rely on numbers but also examine what is causing these numbers," said Restaino. “Parents can play a crucial role in their child’s education and development through simply engaging with them.”

To accompany the infographic, also published “Lessons from abroad: What can PISA teach us?” -- an in-depth look at the PISA test data and what it really means for American students. For additional information related to online learning such as "5 ways parents can support their online learner" and other education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Launched in 2011, provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit


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