Florida Students’ Scores Drop in International Tests

By  //  December 3, 2013

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Florida's Students' Scores Dropped in International Tests. (Shutterstock image)
Florida’s Students’ Scores Dropped in International Tests. (Shutterstock image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The latest test results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) revealed a disappointing trend for Florida’s students.

According to PISA’s results, Florida’s students who took the international tests in math, reading and science last year did worse than other teens in the country and performed far worse than teenagers in the world’s top-performing education systems in Asia.

The PISA test is used to test 15-year-old students and see whether they can apply what they know to “real-life situations.” Florida was one of three states to pay $600,000 to participate in the international test. Connecticut and Massachusetts also participated in the test.

Florida’s performance on the test fell far behind both international students and other students in the United States.


  • Six percent of students in the Sunshine State scored a Level 5 or above in math.
  • 30 percent scored at a Level 2 or below.


  • 17 percent of Florida’s students scored at a Level 2 or below.
  • 6 percent scored a Level 5 or higher. This number was closest to the international result of 18 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Our national as a whole didnt’ fare well against international competition. According to PISA, 28  countries performed better than the U.S. in mathematics, including Japan, Korea and China.

In science, 22 countries scored better than the United States, including Canada, Vietnam and Poland.

In reading, 19 countries had higher scores than U.S. students, including the Soviet Union republic of Estonia and the Central Europe principality of Liechtenstein.


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