Schools that want to see if they are holding their students to high standards can test their students using an exam given around the globe. A story on PBS Newshour takes a close look at the test.

The exam was developed by OECD, the group in charge of the PISA test. Schools can compare the performance of their students to the performance of students in the 70 nations that participate in PISA.  The exam asks students to apply reading, math and science skills to real-life situations.  America Achieves coordinates the exams for schools in the U.S.

Alexander Russo wrote about the development of the test here.

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Last updated September 10, 2014